Speak to anyone inside Formula One and it is almost certain Lewis Hamilton will figure in their top three when asked as to the fastest drivers in the sport today.
Without doubt, Hamilton can push a car to the ragged edge and extract every ounce of raw speed it possesses.
But ask those same insiders as to the smartest and it is highly unlikely Hamilton would line up in their 'podium' trio. That might sound harsh on a driver who has a world title to his name, but the likes of Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button arguably figure ahead of Hamilton when it comes to being race-savvy.
Past history has shown Hamilton is not the coolest of customers, and perhaps lacks a touch of finesse by occasionally trying to barge his way through gaps that barely exist. The incidents with Felipe Massa and Mark Webber in the 2010 Italian and Singapore Grands Prix spring to mind, along with his collisions with Pastor Maldonado and Jenson Button in Monaco and Canada in 2011. It could also be said Hamilton wears his heart on his sleeve, especially in times of emotional turmoil, as his on-off relationship with pop star Nicole Scherzinger has put him through the wringer. Then there are doubts as to whether he has the racecraft to guide a car home when it needs caressing, particularly since the arrival of Pirelli's more degradable rubber.
Hamilton has made no secret of the fact he would love to simply race, to go for broke at every track without having to worry about tyres or any other such determining factors.
Assessing the overall picture, he said: "Right now, we really don't know where anyone stands. We have enough to concentrate on without looking at how other teams are getting on. I feel we've a strong package, but we're certainly not guaranteed to be ahead of the pack."