Divisive politics, petty squabbles, ego-driven ambition and the odd unfortunate misunderstanding: these were the defining factors of a Ferrari era still considered glorious in hindsight, but one from which a much richer harvest should have been reaped.
Ferrari's rhythm through the Swinging Sixties and into the brash next decade lacked the solid backbeat of their hip new adversaries from the UK - largely because in Maranello the kingdom could never remain united for very long. Discord would always prevail over harmony.
But when they did remain in key, oh, how the Prancing Horses sang. Or perhaps that should be swam in the case of 1961, as a new Formula 1 chapter dawned.