It seems rather poignant that on the day that Michael Schumacher ended Ferrari's 20-plus-year wait for a Formula One drivers' championship in 2000, current Scuderia driver Fernando Alonso has branded his own presence in the 2013 title as a "miracle."
Alonso has merely a mathematical chance of this year's crown, because the reality is Sebastian Vettel is waltzing towards it in some style.
So what does that mean?
It will be the fourth year Alonso has tried to win the championship with Ferrari, and the fourth year he has failed.
It will mark six years since a Ferrari driver won the drivers' title, and five years since the Scuderia was last ranked the best team in the world.
But is this a barren run? A peek into the Maranello squad's history reveals it is characterised by inconsistency.