Sebastian Vettel's Italian Grand Prix victory for Scuderia Toro Rosso may have been a fairy-tale for a sport in turmoil over protests and tainted in recent years by espionage and intrigue, but it reignited another issue that had been quietly 'bubbling under'.
With Super Aguri long gone from Formula One after failing to keep up with the financial requirements of life in the top flight, Toro Rosso remains as the sole runner using equipment supplied by an outside agency. But, despite its Minardi underpinnings and the - now oft corrected - perception of it as a minnow, the Italian team is beginning to ruffle feathers off the track as well as on it as the 'customer car' row flickers back into life.
Opinion at Friday's press conference in Singapore was divided between those, admittedly with a vested interest, who felt that, in the current economic climate especially, third parties should be able to provide cars for willing entrants, and others who felt that their long-standing position as constructors was being jeopardised by the arrangement.
"As an independent constructor, we looked on [at Monza] with great feelings," Williams CEO Adam Parr admitted magnanimously, "You cannot take away from [STR] what they achieved over the weekend - and congratulations to them. I think what it means for us is simply that we have to do the things that we do better. [It wasn't] a great take away from that weekend, but we have got to do better."
Williams, however, has been in Formula One for a long time - it celebrated its 500th grand prix on the same weekend as Toro Rosso took its maiden win - and has seen both sides of the coin when it comes to the highs and lows of Formula One. Through it all, however, it has remained a steadfast believer in the fact that the sport should be constructor-led, without the recourse for smaller teams to buy 'off the shelf' machinery and operate on far smaller budgets.
"We take our hats off to Gerhard and his team for what they did over that weekend and we had an opportunity to beat them, let's face it, and we didn't and so that's our problem," Parr continued, "In the longer term, however, we believe that customer cars have no place in Formula One.
"It's ultimately a design and engineering challenge as well as a racing challenge, and we believe that is the reason, for example, why this [Singapore] event is going to be so incredible. There is no other motorsport series in the world that could do what we're going to do here this weekend, and that's been built on the back of not just teams like Williams, but many teams. There are 53 teams since 1970 that have tried to design a chassis and compete in Formula One and have failed, which is nine out of every ten teams that have tried.
"I think that what we are doing here this weekend is built on a lot of history, and we passionately believe that that is the way forward for Formula One. Because of our respect for Gerhard and Red Bull, and what they put into the sport, we've agreed an arrangement for this [customer car] period which is temporary but, in the longer term, we must go back to being a sport of constructors. That's our view."
With both Toro Rosso team boss Gerhard Berger and Red Bull Racing principal Christian Horner sharing the dais, however, Parr was always likely to face an opposing view.