Suppose the Formula 1 season was already over. We'd head into the off-season with a dramatic Brazilian Grand Prix fresh in the memory, full of storylines, drama and excitement that prove even a 'dead rubber' finale can deliver a great grand prix.
Instead, we head to Abu Dhabi this weekend. Every GP is a big occasion, although the ever-growing calendar is doing its best to dilute that big-day feel, so Sunday's race isn't irrelevant. But the chances of it providing a race to rival what we saw at Interlagos are slender. It's just not that kind of chaotic track - and therefore hardly the ideal place for F1 to sign off every year.
As a circuit, nobody can dispute the level of commitment and investment. It's a magnificent edifice, with a unique look and feel thanks to the Viceroy Hotel in the centre and adjacent marina. But this is part of its problem - the track seems to exist more in thrall to the visual demands than those of driver challenge or racing.