In this period of intense campaigning for freedom of expression, it is perhaps appropriate to ponder those most sacrilegious of Formula 1 questions: has Ferrari lost its relevance; does the Italian team deserve the special status conferred upon it? There exists evidence aplenty to suggest that is no longer the case.
Consider the facts: the team has not won the drivers' or constructors' world title since 2007 and '08 respectively, and during the first year of F1's hybrid power Ferrari's V6 was the only unit not to score a victory.
The red cars have won six grands prix during the past four years - and, saliently, none in the season just past - all scored by the opportunistic Fernando Alonso. That arguably the best driver of his generation chose to move to the unknown quantity that is McLaren-Honda simply underscores Ferrari's woes.