As is so often the case, practice and qualifying for the Le Mans 24 Hours only ever paints half of the picture ahead of the French classic.
The headline times from the sessions rarely reveal what kind of shape teams are in for the track time that matters - after all, come Sunday night nobody will remember (or care) who was quick on a Wednesday or Thursday evening.
And what of the stories away from the battles for pole position in the various classes? AUTOSPORT's team of reporters has been up and down the paddock over the last few days uncovering what's really going on at Le Mans, from the competitive battles, the feel-good stories, potential controversy and some futuristic technology...
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Gary Watkins has, for reasons best known to himself, devoted all his working life to covering sportscar racing. This season is his 25th as a motorsport journalist, during which time he has reported on major long-distance events on four continents and approaching 60 24-hour races. He reckons a degree in political philosophy makes him well qualified for covering the sometimes Machiavellian world of international sportscars.
Gary, who also writes for RACER, Autoweek, Motor Sport, Autocourse and others, lives in Surbiton but spends more time on the road than at home for most of the year.
Edd Straw is Editor-in-Chief of Autosport, overseeing both print and digital versions of the brand. Edd has worked for Autosport since joining as a junior reporter in 2002. He became Editor in November 2014, having previously worked as National Editor, News Editor and Grand Prix Editor.
Originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, he joined Autosport shortly after graduating from university. He went on to cover a wide range of categories from club motorsport to the World Touring Car Championship and Le Mans to Formula 3 before switching to F1 full-time at the 2008 French Grand Prix. He continues to cover a range of international events in his position as Editor-in-Chief.
In his spare time, he was formerly a club racer whose abilities did not match his enthusiasm in a variety of categories.
Scott Mitchell is Autosport's Features Editor and Formula E correspondent, and a judge for the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award. He ended a promising career as an extremely average karter to join Autosport in late 2013, shortly after graduating from the University of Kent with first-class honours in Journalism. Scott initially co-ordinated the national section of the magazine before covering the BTCC in 2015, when he also started editing the driver-dedicated supplement Autosport Performance. His brace of Renault MSA Young Journalist of the Year awards means his tally of accomplishments in motorsport journalism outstrips his number of competitive honours by two.@ScottAutosport More features by Scott Mitchell