Does Formula 1 currently find itself in what psychiatrists refer to as a 'twilight state?'
You know the one; that strange sense of disordered consciousness during which actions are performed almost mechanically while paying little heed to the longer-term effects of decisions, and - worse still - without conscious volition? One of the symptoms of said condition is hallucinations, to which patients react with irrational behavioural traits.
While it may be stretching the bounds of medical science to suggest that one of the world's most popular sporting genres - with a passionate global following measured in hundreds of millions - is somehow 'unhinged', evidence points to F1 floating in a state of denial about its future.
F1's never looked better on-track, but off it, there is discord © sutton-images.com
At no time has this been clearer than during the past fortnight.