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.
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.
Be that as it may, the new Ferrari F60, revealed on Sunday at Mugello, may well not race from the start of the season equipped with its KERS system fitted. Team principal Stefano Domenicali made it clear at the launch of the F60 that only when the team is satisfied with the system's reliability will the KERS system be harnessed to provide Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen access to the eight-second bursts of additional overtaking power that should theoretically be available.
"When we realise that the performance guaranteed by KERS is up to expectations, then it is our task to use it," said Domenicali. "This is our goal if we want to win the world championship." Which, of course, Ferrari does.