How often do you see a Formula 1 car on the limit in modern grand prix racing? It's a difficult question to answer, because the limit varies according to conditions, fuel load, tyres and myriad other factors. But in its simplest form, it's a car lapping at close to its optimum lap time.
F1 changed dramatically at the start of the decade with the refuelling ban, then the introduction of high-degradation Pirelli tyres a year later. The 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix, the first of this latest no-fuel-stops era, was met by a complaining chorus both inside and outside the F1 paddock about 'the show' that soon became a steady drumbeat, a cacophonous background noise that is the manifestation of F1's existential crisis that can't be tuned out.
Not that F1 should disregard such concerns entirely, rather it must cut through the noise of the eternally dissatisfied on social media, those who would find a way to deride even the most spectacular of F1 races, and get to the bottom of the problem. That usually means focusing on overtaking - listening to complaints about either the shortage or the over-abundance of it - but this blocks out another critical factor that is key to the spectacle.