It’s a question raised across all competitive sports, “Which generation was better?” Are the drivers of today more skilled than the drivers of old, or has new tech yielded an advantage to the new kids on the block.
It’s a hard question to figure; simply comparing lap times won’t do. See above regarding new tech and faster cars. Things like DRS and space-age aerodynamics and composites are sure to skew the results.
If you’re like me, you’re left wondering, “How can we figure out who’s best?”
Hold on to your hats, boys and girls. The cross-generational comparison that you haven’t given a second thought to until now has happened.
It is the opinion of this writer that it should happen some more, and with more drivers. There is a metaphor in here somewhere about how one can remove the competitor from the car but not the competitor from the driver.
So now’s the time to see what separates the generations. Five drivers. One course. Five 2-stroke feats of automotive engineering. Hakkinen, Coulthard, Alonso, Button and Vandoorne.
Want some more karting domination? Check out Fernando Alonso bounce from last place to first in just about 3 laps around a kart circuit.
Okay last one. This time Hamilton dishes it out in the rain.
What a time to be alive.