This got dark fast. Comparing talents and technology to past generations is futile. The game is different. And so are the tactics. Back in the "Good ole days" the cars were not as even as today. Thus the racing was different. Then you could build for speed or endurance. And nobody could have both. Today? Everything is much closer even. (Although, it will never be 100%.) Finding advantage in the few % is the game. Including driving tactics.