Despite having to abide so strictly with the laws of physics, and being judged so harshly by the unwavering march of time, there remain many facets of Formula 1 where success and failure cannot be judged by a piece of paper or a stopwatch. Instead, good or bad is dictated by simple gut feeling.
While some argue that the history books only care about the winners, and that all that matters is winning, when you are actually in the middle of the competition, how you go about achieving that end result can be just as important.
That immeasurable human spirit is a vital factor for any driver or team, and it's something that can only come from inside. It's why we love one-time winner Jean Alesi just as much as Michael Schumacher, who has 91 triumphs to his name.
It doesn't just count for fans, because for teams sometimes it is better to have a driver delivering something on track or in the garage that excites the staff or stirs something inside them, rather than coldly touring around on a Sunday and finishing in the points.