Breakups always hurt. The initial blow is harsh. It stings, and the heartache is unbearable. You might cry into a pillow for a few hours, then fall asleep; wake up thinking it was all a bad dream, then realize it actually happened... all over again.

But then, time passes. You can see the light again; things look up—you can smile.

... my point being: I don’t see a reason to get bent out of shape about the ‘Ring’s ban on lap records. There’s so much to the ring that it requires a professional driver who also knows and breathes the ring. That makes it NOT an admirable choice for lap records. A lot sits solely on the driver. On the other hand, I do understand why manufacturers want bragging rights for dominating such a track.

But there are others. We don’t need a 10 mile track to understand a car’s performance. That being said, an intensive track is still admired for the role of testing and ranking production cars.

Example: Suzuka Circuit. Plenty of high speed corners, stretches and technical components. The track is clearer cut, easier to master and stronger at finding a group of vehicles’ strengths and weaknesses. Part of the unfair advantage of the ‘Ring was the few full-on, high-speed stretches. Speed is important, but on a production level, I find acceleration and maintained-cornering speed more important than a 240mph top speed.

What good is a car that tops out at 240mph if the only track you can hit that at safely is a track that NO LONGER allows it?