Next weekend's Canadian Grand Prix will likely help shape the next few years of grand prix racing, playing a decisive role in whether or not one of Formula 1's great teams can become more than just an occasional factor at the front and if a driver who can potentially establish himself as a 21st century great will have the chance to win a world championship.
There was a time when a Red Bull victory was greeted by many with a tired sigh, as the team racked up 41 victories in 77 races and a quartet of drivers' and constructors' championship doubles from 2010-13. But since the start of the V6-hybrid-turbo era in '14, each one of its scarce wins has been greeted with delight rather than derision, simply because they have come against the run of the play.
Renault's struggles to produce an engine package that is potent enough to beat Mercedes and Ferrari on orthodox circuits - not to mention one that is reliable - have led to what many in the team feel have been four and a half wasted years feeding on scraps. The 10 victories have at least ensured that there have been regular oases in those seasons in the wilderness.