When team principals request updates on the latest in paddock politics from journalists, then surely passionate fans of arguably the world's most strife-ridden global pastime must be equally bewildered.
With 2013 already 25 per cent done, no Concorde Agreement is in place, just eight months remain before eco-friendly 'green' power units replace the sonorous 18,000rpm 2400cc V8s that have served the sport in some form since the last millennium, Pirelli's sole-tyre-supplier contract expires at the same time, and Formula 1's Resource Restriction Agreement no longer enjoys priority at official level.
Time, surely, for a 'state-of-the-nation' summary.
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