The buzz surrounding Fernando Alonso's R25 demonstration laps over the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend reminded me of a conversation I had with a Formula 1 colleague a few years ago.
He suggested that F1 was a series that was always at its worst in the present. No matter what era you lived in, it was never quite as good as it was in the past, nor as brilliant as it was going to be in the future. That is definitely true of now, for F1's current generation of amazing cars - that produce more downforce than ever, are faster than ever, and have the most powerful engines in the series' history - are not universally loved.
The cars are amazing to drive (if you are one of the 20 human beings able to do so) and they look phenomenal when watched out on track in some high-speed corners. And yet, F1's 2020 machinery is dogged by the same complaints that have been pretty much an ever-present through the turbo hybrid era.