Arriving in Bahrain, there were two topics on every pair of paddock lips: the qualifying fiasco (with most accentuating the first three letters), and the post-Melbourne letter circulated via Twitter by the Grand Prix Drivers' Association under their hashtag #RacingUnited.
These questions were followed almost immediately by another pair: what were the drivers trying to achieve, and why did they do it? Clearly someone had been herding cats, for seldom (make that 'never' in recent times) had a group of such disparate individuals - many of whom are not even members of the select organisation - seemingly been so united by a single topic. Not even the cockpit halo found unity.
Simply put, the drivers' letter reeked of politics, and on the basis of the definition of the very word on Wikipedia (from Greek: politikos, definition "of, for, or relating to citizens", is the making of a common decision for a group of people, that is, a uniform decision applying in the same way to all members of the group), the letter surely was political, particularly when expanded upon: more widely it refers to achieving and exercising positions of governance - organised control over a human community, particularly a state. While F1 is no state, it certainly is in a state at present.