Upside-down at almost 200mph, 20 or more feet above the Le Mans tarmac, utterly out of control as he waited for his Mercedes CLR to smash to the ground ahead of a godalmighty accident... It's a safe bet Mark Webber wasn't thinking fondly about a circuit that remains one of the great challenges for man and machine.
Webber's CLR took off approaching Indianapolis during the Thursday qualifying session for the 1999 24 Hours and then back-flipped - graphically demonstrating an aerodynamic frailty that has blighted large flat-bottomed race cars repeatedly in recent decades.
He survived the wild ride and crash-landing unscathed, as he would again two days later in a near-identical incident. So, too, did team-mate Peter Dumbreck on lap 75 of the race.