In quieter political waters, the significance of Haas's remarkable sixth place on its Formula 1 debut in the Australian Grand Prix - and the questions it posed - might have emerged as a bigger talking point in recent days.
Even amid the furore over qualifying and governance, some concerns were raised. Williams technical director Pat Symonds suggested the American team's success risks further eroding the value of constructors. And he has a good point.
The lines separating customer cars, B-teams, technical partnerships and simple supply deals in F1 are indistinct. It's perhaps best to think of it as a spectrum, ranging from a car entirely developed and built by another team to one entirely produced in house, which encompasses just about every point in between.