Shortly after Juan Pablo Montoya walked away from McLaren and Formula 1 in 2006, McLaren's Ron Dennis was asked to appraise the Colombian's contribution.
"He was everything you'd expect him to be," Dennis told ESPN. "He was a South American, fiery, exciting individual in and out of the car. He brought more colour to the team."
You don't need to read too deeply between the lines to suspect damning with faint praise, but it's becoming increasingly difficult to not wonder how different racing history might have been if the McLaren of then had the Montoya of now.