Once again the tensions between Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes employers have been laid bare, in public - all the more exposed for having come to light during the championship decider, and in what would otherwise have been a processional and jejune Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Opinions differ as to whether Hamilton was right or not to 'occupy the crease' in the manner of the famously slow-scoring cricketer Geoffrey Boycott, who once took a whopping nine and a half hours to reach a score of 246 not out. But the majority of people who work in or around motor racing believe that Hamilton did the right thing - for himself - in backing his team-mate, Nico Rosberg, into the clutches of rivals approaching quickly from behind, and ignoring all instructions to cease and desist.
There are exceptions. Sebastian Vettel spoke of "dirty tricks", but then one should note that he chose to express this opinion over his team radio, Formula 1's equivalent of the stage whisper, in the knowledge that folk upstairs with the power to adjust the result were listening.