“If…” goes the old commentators’ cliche, “is F1 spelled backwards”. Not at the school I went to, it’s not matey: that’s just poor spelling, which tells you more about the parlous state of the education system and the calibre of F1 pundits than what a bitch Lady Luck can be when she’s sat back watching the GP.

Still, as we sit here at something approximating half-time, it is one of those phrases that seems to make sense of a season of crushing predictability, random incident and fateful decision.

What would have happened if McLaren had a genuine combo of speed and reliability, rather than the general absence of either? What if Honda got their aero issues cleared up months back? Well, in truth, they’d probably still both be floundering in Renault’s supreme wake, with only Ferrari probably looking like they’d made any comeback at all.

What if Aguri had a proper chassis back in March? Not much change there either: Ide still wouldn’t know how to drive it, and Sato would probably just crash it a bit quicker. (Let’s face it, he’s only had such a ‘clean’ season because he’s not going fast enough to have an accident…)

If Schumacher hadn’t been sent to the back of the grid, would he have won in Monaco? Certainly not if I’d been a steward, because he wouldn’t have even been taking part. But what if he had been able to park better than that old woman off the ‘Driving School’ programme? Would he have got away with it then?

Parking skills are something Fernando Alonso is likely to need to develop with his move to McLaren next year. Oh, and the patience of a saint if Raikkonen’s 5 wasted seasons there are anything to go by. I wonder if he’s regretting that decision just yet…

There are still lots of ifs surrounding the 2007 driver market, most of which rest on Michael Schumacher. Fisichella clearly hasn’t been re-signed by Renault as their choice for first driver, and Maranello don’t know if they’ll have Schumi or Kimi (They surely won’t have both).

Also, you have to assume that some 2007 decisions may also hinge on 2008, when Prodrive joins the grid. They’re not going to be the bigger names of course, but this is chaos theory writ large, where everything affects everything else.

And there are still ifs surrounding the sport itself, despite the GPMA teams signing up for 2008. If Mad Max continues to mess with the future of engines and so-on, tossing grenades into the mix, then there’s still plenty that could happen. Including manufacturers simply walking away from F1 forever.

Any ifs for the rest of this season? Well, probably plenty; but none likely to change the outcome of the Championship sadly. After anticipating a really close, competitive season, it’s been quite a letdown. Let’s just hope those ifs at can at least add a bit of excitement.