Mark Webber often remarks that the only thing that matters in sport is the points on the scoreboard. But while that may be a reality for the teams and drivers battling it out at the head of the field, further down the order the lines between potential and reality can get blurred at times.
Take Sebastien Bourdais for example. If you took a cold hard look at his season, you could easily come to the conclusion that his move to Formula One has been a big disaster. He has just four points to his name - a whopping 26 points less than high-flying teammate Sebastian Vettel.
Yet, despite Webber's mantra, the points do not tell you the story of Bourdais - and how it could be him, and not his Red Bull Racing colleague, who is the unluckiest man in F1.
In Fuji he put in one of his very best performances of the season. Strong in qualifying and, having got to grips with the STR3's quirky handling characteristics for once, he was comfortably ahead of his teammate in the race to take sixth.