During the height of their rivalry during the late 1990s, Michael Schumacher and Mika Hakkinen both possessed the ability to elevate their performances at key races.
It often gave the impression that the two rivals were in equal and dominant machinery, while their respective team-mates (Eddie Irvine and David Coulthard at the time) were saddled with completely different and much slower equipment.
Lewis Hamilton in Club corner © LAT
In an era where mechanical differences usually trump driver talent in determining race results, it was a priceless asset that turned both into worthy champions.
This distinctive star quality was evident again at Silverstone for Sunday's British Grand Prix - but with Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen stepping into the roles vacated by Schumacher and Hakkinen.