Back to the Future has been a recurring theme this year. And it's not just because we're closing in rapidly on the October 21 2015 date to which Michael J Fox as Marty McFly and Christopher Lloyd as Doc Brown travel in the film's sequel.
We've had that McLaren-Honda teaser trailer and nostalgia-fest thanks to the renewal of the iconic Anglo-Japanese relationship that thrilled us so much in the 1980s and '90s. And now there's a growing momentum behind a push to make F1 cars as glorious as they were in the past. We already have sparks back, and now the Strategy Group has approved plans to get more challenging cars - with more power, more downforce and wider tyres - by 2017.
While the intentions of these efforts are laudable - F1 needs to respond to falling audience numbers - it's equally important to understand that times have changed. Trying to wind back the clock because things were perceived as being better in the past is not necessarily a guarantee that you'll improve them in years to come.