Given Friday's tumultuous statement by Honda CEO and president Takeo Fukui, the questions can now be asked: should Honda's Formula One operation have existed in the first place, or did the team effectively exist on a (high drag) wing and a prayer?
Given its roots in a barely disguised campaign to sell cigarettes for British American Tobacco, should the team even have existed in the first place? And, given the outfit's spectacular lack of success, could the withdrawal of the team from motorsport's top four-wheeled category be likened to euthanasia rather than a death blow?
Over the years, various Honda honchos have made the statement that the company 'loves racing', and while it is undeniably true that the company's late founder Sochiro did place motor competition above all else - seemingly above commercial sense and even, it has been whispered, above paternal duties - there is little evidence to suggest that the company actually loved winning Formula One races with its own cars.
Richie Ginther (Honda RA272) won the 1965 Mexican Grand Prix in Mexico City © LAT
Consider: Honda has had four Formula One campaigns - the first lasting for just one-half season from mid-1965 to end 1965; the second running for two years from end-1966; the third for ten years from 1983; and the fourth from 2000 through to last Friday.