Big debate: When was F1's real greatest era?

Big debate: When was F1's real greatest era?

The idea of Formula 1 having been at its best at some point in the past is often used as a stick to beat the modern era with, but when was the championship's actual peak?

People often hark back to the 'golden age' of Formula 1 while criticising the current state of grand prix racing. But when was that high watermark?

Was it when the front-engined cars still had a classic racing-car shape, the simple pre-wing machines of the 1960s, or the closely fought years of the Cosworth DFV? What about the raw power and driver ability on show in the '80s, or the flat-out sprints that came a decade later?

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