A Formula 1 team in need of a new star driver to bring focus to its ambition, around whom to structure a competitive recovery after a season of struggle; a multiple world champion driver in need of a fresh challenge and new motivation, after a difficult year of his own.
The aim is to shrug off a temporary slump and win F1 titles again. Things begin well, the driver wins several races in his first season with his new team; the team seems revitalised by his swashbuckling antics in the car, and substantially improves its fortunes in the constructors' world championship. But the following season progress stalls.
The team is relatively less competitive than before; the driver wins fewer races and drops further behind in the drivers' championship. Still both parties continue to make positive public pronouncements, declaring their mutual belief they are on the right path, that it is simply a matter of time.