I remember seeing an interview with AJ Foyt where he talked about safety and the old days of racing compared to today. In the 50’s and 60’s drivers were getting seriously hurt and killed on a weekly basis because of the lack of safety like they have today. Because of the high risk he said a driver really learned to thread the needle because he knew if he missed he was probably going to be either dead or doing some sheet time. Foyt felt like it made for a better and more polished driver.
No one ever wants to see someone get hurt, especially me. I think today’s karts have about the right amount of bodywork to be safe enough but not so much as to throw caution to the wind. Karting should be making good polished drivers, not just brave drives.