No sooner had this column criticised Formula 1 for operating to regulations that were, in many instances, unenforceable - and applied inconsistently where they were - than the championship went out of its way in Mexico to further excel itself by punishing certain incidents that were arguably racing clashes, while seemingly ignoring a number of blatant transgressions entirely.
The inconsistencies got off to a good start, with Turn 1, lap one setting the scene for the next 100 minutes (plus a further two hours in post-race investigations). Leader and poleman Lewis Hamilton outbraked himself after the longest run to the first corner on the calendar, locked up and slid well wide - with impunity.
Post-race he blamed vastly differing brake temperatures across his car's front corners after glazing the discs on the formation lap, admitting he had been lucky to not hit the wall. That is how far off course he was; whatever, he returned to the track then backed off, and so the stewards decreed he had gained no advantage - but their verdict misses the point entirely, namely that he blatantly breached track limits.