I suppose it’s true that over time the tint of one’s glasses becomes increasingly rosy. Naturally, it’s always important to keep this in mind when looking back at racing seasons fondly remembered. The important thing is not to allow memory to become too fond.
That’s quite difficult thinking back, say, 30 years to the season of 1991. For starters it’s hard today to visualise no fewer than 18 teams registering to compete in the Formula 1 World Championship series. But in 1991 they did.
In addition to Ferrari, McLaren and Williams, there were AGS, Benetton, Brabham, Coloni, Dallara, Fondmetal, Footwork (née Arrows), Jordan, Lamborghini, Larrousse, Leyton House (aka March), Ligier, Lotus, Minardi and Tyrrell. Of course, not all of these teams or marques were healthy, vibrant, competitive entities. Several were lame ducks, no-hopers barely surviving on optimistic life-support systems of variable adequacy – but much the same could also be said of today’s hopeful F1 entry list.