Last week's letter to Chase Carey, chairman of the Liberty Media offshoot that plans to acquire majority control in a two-stage buy-in of Formula 1's commercial rights, alluded briefly to the developing skirmish over the choice of 2017's pre-season test venue(s).
While relatively insignificant in the greater scheme, an in-depth analysis of this multi-faceted situation and the manner in which the various protagonists have locked into battles illustrates precisely why F1 hangs in limbo. And with, seemingly, no escape - even after current covenants expire at the end of 2020.
The current brouhaha started at the Italian Grand Prix in early September, and seems set to continue until at least the Mexican GP, i.e. during the first week of November. That makes it six race weekends on the hop consumed by arguments over whether F1 should spend eight days testing at either Barcelona or in Bahrain, at both venues simultaneously, or whether the eight days should be split equally between the two circuits.