I can't believe anyone watched today's GP and thought that they were not watching a race. I find that absolutely astounding. They all raced their little aerator socks off. The American wrestling comparison is bonkers. Do you really think Button and Perez orchestrated their entire battle for the fans? I think they just wanted to beat each other and were racing. Same of all of the other battles and close wheel-to-wheel or strategic action.
Checo did say, however, that the racing is not as pure as in lower categories due to the extra things to think about besides the pedals and the steering wheel, which i completely agree with, but F1 is an endurance series and not a spec series and so that is fine. I don't mind that drivers and teams have to use their intellect as well as their instinct, I don't mind that they are challenged in car design as well as setup and I don't mind that they are also challenged strategically with tyre usage and in the cockpit with KERS, DRS, brake bias, diff settings, fuel mixes, fuel management, tyre management and everything else they have to deal with.
Whether you like the formula or not, we watched a race today. There was nothing fake about it. It was 12 teams with 24 drivers running under the same regulations trying to get to the finish line faster than everyone else. They finished in a different order to what they started and each driver fought bloody hard against their competitors to finish in the positions that they did.