"I'm proud of its flaws because she's not been perfect," was Lewis Hamilton's verdict on the Mercedes W08 on the day he won his fourth world championship. "While people have written that we've had the best car, I don't believe we've had the best car. I think we've been the best team."
Inarguably, and although Lewis sealed the title with two races to run, this has been the tightest season of the hybrid era. The popular narrative - one that's already been documented extensively - has it that Lewis claimed the silverware in spite of a car that swung needily between being devastatingly quick and infuriatingly high maintenance.
Had Sebastian Vettel not had his moments of madness in Baku and Singapore, opening into a wider rosso corsa implosion on the Asian leg, the outcome might have been different.