In the grand scheme of things, whether or not Sebastian Vettel becomes a four-time world champion in Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix is of little consequence.
His coronation has been a foregone conclusion for several races now and the odds are against him clinching the title at Suzuka. But for those with a sense of history - and Vettel himself should be counted among that number - there's a genuine appeal to the championship being secured on the ultra-fast sweeps of this great track.
The title has been sealed at Suzuka no less than 11 times. Back in 1987, when the Honda-owned track staged its first world championship race, Nelson Piquet made sure of his third world title with the help of Williams team-mate Nigel Mansell's heavy shunt during practice. It has been a regular occurrence since, with two infamous collisions between Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna now the calling card of the venue.