Like time and tide, Formula 1 waits for no-one. Williams found this out the hard way earlier this week when delays to the build of its FW42 left it facing a battle to get the car out to Barcelona for the beginning of pre-season testing.
Eventually, after a mammoth effort in the race bays at Grove, a dash to Birmingham airport, a flight to Girona on an Antonov AN-26B that got in at 2.15am, and then a 4am arrival at the circuit, George Russell was finally able to hit the track on Wednesday afternoon.
In many other businesses, being slightly late to deliver a product would not raise any eyebrows. New mobile phones, films, computer games or the latest gadgets often slip past projected release dates. When it happens, most people just shrug their shoulders and wait it out - life moves on.