As McLaren's Lewis Hamilton drove to another studied and controlled win in Sunday's United States Grand Prix, the weekend's most telling achievement was unfolding way behind the race and championship leader.
BMW's Sebastian Vettel, deputising for Robert Kubica after the Pole's high-speed shunt in Canada the previous weekend, succeeded Jenson Button as the youngest points scorer in Formula One history.
Button was 20 years and two months old when he achieved his first points finish for Williams in the Brazilian Grand Prix of 2000. Vettel pipped that by around ten weeks in establishing the new benchmark.
Sebastian Vettel on the grid at Indianapolis © XPB/LAT
It's the sort of achievement that would have rated racing headlines just a few years ago. Yet, in the current F1 climate, it barely raised an eyebrow.