One of the most memorable elements of the 2007 F1 season was its steadfast refusal to follow the script. With each passing race, assumptions and preconceptions were dismantled, sometimes piece-by-piece, on other occasions with the subtlety of a kid trashing a sandcastle. And just when you thought that you finally had a handle on what was going on, something else would arrive out of left field.
It was kind of reassuring that most of the time, the people involved were equally surprised by each new development. Ferrari weren't expecting a pile of technical data to end up in Woking. Fernando Alonso wasn't expecting his rookie team-mate to interfere with his bid for a third title. Shanghai's circuit management wasn't expecting a driver to punch a door off its hinges after qualifying.
It was a particularly revelatory year for Ron Dennis, who at various times turned up to the track to discover that his prodigy was rebelling, his newly-recruited double world champion was blackmailing him and that the integrity that formed the very fabric of his team was being called into question.
And that's before we get to the biggest fine in sporting history - a sanction that still, after several months, remains difficult to reconcile with the crime.