Somewhere in a parallel Formula 1 universe, Adrian Newey never left McLaren. He never lost his mojo, never felt undermined, and was given the trust he craved to conceive, design and build racing cars to his sole vision. There was never any need for him to join Red Bull.
In that universe, Newey's first constructors' crown with McLaren - delivered courtesy of the majestic MP4-13 in 1998 - was simply the first in a string of glories rather than an increasingly stark landmark, 21 long years later, as the team's last.
But this is the reality we live in. For the parallel to exist as history would have required McLaren's leader, Ron Dennis, to be an entirely different man, and therefore McLaren a different team. Dennis's unwavering, ego-driven demand for total control gave impetus to the rise of a truly great British company in the first decade of the 21st century - but in F1 his first (and by no means last) significant failure of the new millennium was the loss of Newey.