I have to confess that I am as confused as to why Robert Kubica is disappointed over Kimi Raikkonen’s failure to reach a deal with the Renault team for an F1 return in 2011.

Putting aside for one moment the commercial attractions of Vitaly Petrov continuing with the team at a time when it seems likely that a Russian grand prix might be about to appear on the horizon, Raikkonen’s dazzling talent – for all its inconsistency – has been missed on the F1 landscape this season.

The prospect of his returning to slip into a seat alongside the dynamic Robert Kubica would, one may have thought, have had the potential to create one of the great F1 driving partnerships on the contemporary scene.

It was one of those potential alliances which had all the right feelings about it and even Kubica expressed his disappointment at Suzuka that the arrangement was not going to come off.