F1’s DNA myth is as damaging as ‘fake news’

F1’s DNA myth is as damaging as ‘fake news’

You might think denouncing F1's metaphorical 'DNA' argument is pedantic. But there's an insidious side to that way of thinking that people need to move away from

Formula 1's alleged 'DNA' has been invoked continually in arguments about the future direction of grand prix racing in recent times. But it's an argument so imprecise as to be close to pointless; a catch-all, go-to phrase that can be used to justify almost any position.

What the DNA argument is generally used for is an argument against change. It's a lazy way to support a reactionary, very conservative approach to directions in which grand prix racing should or should not evolve. That doesn't mean change is always good, but the premise that it is always bad is a dangerous mindset.

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