As I write, in my study, in unseasonably icy rural Essex, our east-of-England county besieged by strong winds chilled by their recent passage over the severe North Sea, and as the Formula 1 teams work night and day in their pristine factories to develop their cars in the three-week gap between the Malaysian and Chinese Grands Prix, and as the drivers sun themselves on the private white-sand beaches of six-star resort hotels in tropical paradises such as Bali, Ko Samui, Langkawi, the Maldives et al, I find myself reflecting on the steady and seemingly inexorable 'Asianisation' of the Formula 1 calendar.
Of the 2013 season's 19 Grands Prix, no fewer than eight will be held on Asian soil - Malaysia, China, Bahrain, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, India and Abu Dhabi - which works out at a heady 42%. (And, yes, lest you be tempted to nitpick, Middle East states such as Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates [ie, in Formula 1 terms, Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE] are indeed technically in Asia.)
Other continents' stats in terms of Formula 1 representation are as follows, which make them poor relations to now-dominant Asia:
Europe: 7 Grands Prix (37%)
The Americas: 3 Grands Prix (16%)
Australia: 1 Grand Prix (5%)
Moreover, a Thailand Grand Prix is planned for 2015, according to Kanokphand Chulakasem, Governor of the Sports Authority of Thailand, and I for one wouldn't be at all surprised also to see Qatar, the world's richest country according to the United States Institute for International Finance, whose 1.9 million citizens earn an average of US$106,000 (£70,000) per annum, make serious efforts (ie, part with huge dollops of oil-derived wonga) to join the Formula 1 fray at some point over the next few years.
Formula 1's only Asian failure (so far) is the Turkish Grand Prix, by the way, which was run seven times, in front of embarrassingly empty grandstands, from 2005 to 2011. It was won twice by McLaren, in 2005 (Kimi Raikkonen) and in 2010 (Lewis Hamilton), since you didn't ask.
Indeed, McLaren has had its fair share of successes in Asian Grands Prix, having won in Malaysia twice (2003, Kimi Raikkonen; 2007, Fernando Alonso), in China thrice (2008, Lewis Hamilton; 2010, Jenson Button; 2011, Lewis Hamilton), in Singapore once (2009, Lewis Hamilton), and in Abu Dhabi once (2011, Lewis Hamilton), but, surprisingly perhaps, never yet in Bahrain, South Korea or India.
The daddy of all Asian Grands Prix is of course the Japanese Grand Prix, the history of which has been more or less dominated by McLaren. There have been 28 Japanese Grands Prix in the history of the Formula 1 World Championship, beginning with two races at Fuji in 1976 and 1977, and then continuing at Suzuka from 1987 until the present, albeit with two diversions back to Fuji in 2007 and 2008.
Of those 28 Grands Prix, McLaren has won nine - more than any other marque.
McLaren didn't win the first ever Japanese Grand Prix - the famous rain-drenched 1976 event - but Sunday October 24th 1976 is nonetheless one of the team's most famous days, and always will be.
James Hunt had led much of the race, flinging his red-and-white McLaren M23 through puddles and spray with grim abandon, until a puncture caused him to have to dive into the pits for an unscheduled tyre change. He emerged in fifth place, which would have earned him just two World Championship points - not quite enough for him to pip Ferrari's Niki Lauda to the Drivers' World Championship - but he then charged his way back through the field in a banzai rage to third place at flag-fall, earning himself four World Championship points and winning the Drivers' World Championship by a single point in so doing.
A mainstream Hollywood movie, 'Rush', made by the British Film Production company Working Title, the same outfit that gave us 'Senna' in 2010 - and 'Four Weddings and a Funeral' (1994), 'Dead Man Walking' (1995), 'Fargo' (1996), 'Notting Hill' (1999), 'About a Boy' (2002), 'Johnny English' (2003), 'Love Actually' (2003), 'Nanny McPhee' (2006), 'Atonement' (2008), 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' (2011) and 'Les Misérables (2012), among many others, since you also didn't ask - will celebrate and glorify Hunt's finest hour when it's premiered later this year.
The second ever Japanese Grand Prix, the 1977 race, was somewhat less dramatic than the first. Hunt qualified his McLaren M26 on the front row, led every lap, won by more than a minute, then ducked the podium ceremony and refused all media interviews in order to scurry off to Tokyo to catch an early flight home to London. Ram-raid Formula 1, you could call it.
But it is the 1989 and 1990 races that are perhaps the most famous Japanese Grands Prix in McLaren's history - yet the team won neither of them.
As those of you who've seen 'Senna' will know only too well, McLaren's two star drivers, Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost, collided at the last chicane early on in the 1989 race, while contesting the lead. Prost retired his damaged McLaren on the spot, but Senna continued in his, dashed into the pits for repairs, and then drove like a man possessed to what looked to be a scintillating (if controversial) win, and with it the Drivers' World Championship.
But the FIA's eccentric President, Jean-Marie Balestre, had other ideas, and Senna was later disqualified for having used the escape road to rejoin the circuit after his shunt with Prost.
In 1990 Senna was still a McLaren driver, but Prost had left for Ferrari. The two men were by now sworn enemies, and openly so. Again they collided, this time at the first corner of the first lap. Both their cars were damaged beyond repair - which meant that Senna was champion. No-one watching thought that their coming-together had been an accident in the true sense of the word, but rather that it had been premeditated by the brilliant but ruthless Brazilian.
It was a bitter day, and I don't think I can recall seeing a team principal less triumphant in victory than Ron Dennis that uneasy October afternoon, despite his McLaren team having just won its third consecutive Constructors' World Championship.
So what should your humble correspondent make of our gentle stroll down the memory lanes of past Asian Grands Prix? What extrapolations are possible? Will McLaren win its fourth Chinese Grand Prix in a fortnight's time, for instance? Probably not, for the MP4-28 is not yet a likely race winner.
But will McLaren win its 10th Japanese Grand Prix this year? Ah, that's another question entirely. Don't put your house on it, but don't bet against it either. There are nearly seven months between now and Sunday October 13th 2013, and, while you're reading these words, doubtless at some point over the long Easter holiday weekend, you may be well sure that the staff car park at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, Surrey, is full-to-bursting with hard-working engineers, grafting fit-to-bust to inject race-winning pace into their so-far-less-than-stellar MP4-28.
They'll get there in the end. They always do.