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Like a go-kart compared to modern F1

One look at the cockpit of Gilles Villeneuve's 1980 Ferrari 126CK tells us all we need to know about how “easier” an F1 driver's job used to be, almost forty years ago.

But that's precisely the point. The man in the cockpit was free to focus on the driving, the pure skill of taking himself and his machine to the limit, without the help or support of processors, sensors, algorithms or a massive array of computers located a thousand miles away located at a team's base.