Flashback to Sunday, August 10th 1997. Twelve-year-old Robert Kubica is at the Hungaroring, watching his first Grand Prix, having been driven to Budapest from his native Krakow by his father, Artur. On the long drive home he will talk only of how thrilling it has been to watch Jacques Villeneuve pass Damon Hill on the race's final lap to take a dramatic victory.
On Sunday, August 6th 2006, just nine short years after that fateful trip, Robert will make his Grand Prix debut at that same Hungaroring, replacing that same Jacques Villeneuve, who, for reasons as yet unclear, has been declared hors de combat.
You couldn't make it up, could you? But, after pausing for a moment to remark upon the dramatic ironies of such a turn of events, we should bend our minds instead to trying to fathom what it all means - for Kubica, for Villeneuve and, lest we forget, for Nick Heidfeld, too.
Everyone (bar Kubica, who was quickest of all on the Friday, as he often is) at BMW had a torrid 2006 German Grand Prix. Villeneuve and Heidfeld qualified 14th and 16th (respectively) for BMW's first ever home Grand Prix as a fully fledged constructor, but worse was to come.