AGAIN ... The solinoid shifted manual based transmissions used in F1 have almost nothing in common with traditional automatic transmissions like the GM 6A. The GM 6A is an OUTSTANDING tranny. BMW even buys it from GM for some of its offerings. But it can not match the shift times of a 6Mn for setting up and exiting turns.Take a look at what the F1 cars are running. The paddle shift automatic is the wave of the future in hi-performance cars. Don't get me wrong, I much prefer a stick over an auto, even though it means sometimes having to endure it while trying to negotiate gridlock traffic, but if the most elite drivers in the world are using it exclusively in the most technologically advanced racing machines in existence, it must be for a reason.
I remember a similar lament 20+ years ago as the "purists" resisted the move to fuel injection. Of course, with modern computer controlled F.I. engines cranking out 500+ hp and 28 mpg, the carburetor is now seen as a dinosaur.