I do not think your “21st century” argument applies. If it did, shouldn’t the F1 cars be driven by AI robots? After all, they are half the way there, given the micro management we see in pit radio transcripts :-).
Not just in F1 but in general, I have always had more respect for people who are not only skilled, but also think while doing their thing. Driving fast is nice and it is an obvious must to get to F1, but IMHO a “real driver” should also be able to make decisions, like they did before pit radios came into F1. So I’d really like F1 cutting down on telemetry, just a radio link used for emergencies, and boards with numbers and letters on the pitwall. I wonder how the current crop of drivers would do, I suspect the pecking order would be different.