Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo's assertion late last year that the idea of KERS (Kinetic Energy Regeneration systems) had been hurried through and was a particularly complex challenge, attracted some scathing observations from FIA president Max Mosley.

Mosley suggested that he could not imagine such respected engineers as Colin Chapman and Keith Duckworth adopting such an attitude to such a dramatic technical challenge.

Had Montezemolo been so minded, he might well have countered with the view that, by the very same token, Chapman and Duckworth would have been utterly aghast at the raft of 2009 F1 regulations which have been introduced on the grounds of economy.

Chapman, the genius who brought us ground-effect aerodynamics, would have been critical in the extreme of a governing body which has so heavily decimated the aerodynamic dimension of a contemporary F1 car, thereby removing one of the areas in which commitment to detailed engineering genius can shine.