To catch a glimpse of the envisaged cars that will compete in Formula 1 from 2013 - 2017, simply page back to 1998.
That might sound a touch facetious perhaps, but the bottom line is that regardless of the outcome of the present wrangle over four-cylinder turbocharged 'green' engines v retaining the current 2.4-litre V8s that have their roots in V10s introduced in the closing years of the last millennium, the fact is that the 'new' generation cars are likely to be anything but.
As variously predicted by this column since September last year, then further analysed by Tony Dodgins this week, the teams' engine suppliers and the sport's governing body are split over the direction of F1 beyond 2013.
Of the four current engine suppliers - and no convincing newcomers have indicated any discernible level of enthusiasm for the green machines - three have significant concerns about the costs of developing and supplying the new technology.
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