Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to make HRT suffer the slings and arrows of F1 media, or to take arms in support of Marussia...
It's early. I reserve the right to garble Shakespeare if I feel like it. And besides - there's some logic hidden in my terrible abuse of the Bard.
For some time now it's struck me as ironic that we - by which I mean the F1 media and about 99 percent of F1 fans - are constantly mocking HRT for failing to pass crash tests, for being backmarkers, or for not having enough money, yet don't criticise Marussia in quite the same way.
Despite the fact that HRT have actually beaten Virgin in two constructors' championships. The two teams have only competed in two constructors' championships.
Somehow, Virgin/Marussia have styled themselves as the plucky underdogs, while HRT have been tarred with the incompentent brush. Methinks the Marussia PR department should all get a payrise, because they're certainly doing their job well.
Last night's announcement that Marussia would not be taking part in the final week of winter testing thanks to failed crash tests did not meet with the same level of derision as the news that HRT had failed their final crash tests.
But HRT might be able to get some mileage under their belts in Barcelona next week, while Marussia will not turn a wheel in anger until FP1 in Melbourne.
It hardly seems fair to the Spanish outfit.
That being said, I can't shake the long-held opinion that Virgin/Marussia are unlucky but serious, while HRT are one invoice away from complete meltdown.
Any of you caught in a similar quandary?