Formula 1 excels at patting itself on the back for its past, and is superb at criticising its present. But, when it comes to framing its future, it invariably fails.
The engine 'agreement' struck during the last three weeks provides ample proof of this myopic syndrome, for so proud are the FIA and power unit suppliers of what they consider a job well done that scant regard has been paid to future engine regulations.
The deal encompasses four points: obligation to supply if called upon to do so; performance convergence within two per cent; price reductions for existing customers and caps for incoming teams; and synthesised noise generators to improve F1's aural quality. "Underwhelming" and "very soft" were words used by Christian Horner, boss of Red Bull Racing, to describe the deal during last Friday's FIA press conference.