We all enjoy a good conspiracy theory in Formula 1 - that 'what if...' suggestion of some noir plot that appears at face value to be too far-fetched to be true.
The more the argument is peddled, and the more you think about it for a moment then maybe, just maybe, you wonder if there may be a grain of reality at its core.
After all, when the first murmurings of the Renault 'crashgate' saga started to emerge, how many of you genuinely believed there was a shred of truth in the suspicion the team deliberately ordered Nelson Piquet Jr to plough into a wall during the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix to favour team-mate Fernando Alonso?
I'm sure a dismissive wave of the hand was followed by some comment along the lines of 'Never in a million years...', but, to everyone's amazement, it happened to be true.
If ever there was a litmus test of what can shake our beliefs to their foundations then that was surely it.
So why should we believe Mercedes' recent protestations following claims the team is favouring Nico Rosberg over Lewis Hamilton this season?
Let's face it, if one illustrious manufacturer can stoop low enough to fake a crash to try to emerge from the nadir it was experiencing at that time, surely it is not beyond the realms of possibility another would deliberately harm one of its own driver's title chances in order to strike an equilibrium within the team?
Since the introduction of the current F1 power unit we have had two years of brutal Mercedes domination, and one driver in particular in Hamilton having the upper hand and claiming the drivers' title on both occasions.
It was evident in pre-season testing Mercedes would again be the team to beat this year, even if there were tangible signs Ferrari had closed the gap.