It is all too easy when Formula 1 hits historic moments such as its 1000th race - and then struggles to mark it with a thrillfest - to put on some rose-tinted spectacles and talk about how it was better back in the old days.
While F1's landmark event in China last weekend will not go down in the history books as a standout grand prix, it's unfair to think F1 is not as good as it once was just because a single race could not live up to highlights from the previous 999.
We need the boring races to make the exciting ones stand out. The same is true of football. Five-four thrillers stand out because sometimes there are nil-nil draws. F1 will again move on, this time to Baku. The street circuit will throw up the usual chaos and create big talking points. Life in the F1 garden will be rosy again.