Is the purpose of sport to entertain? Or is entertainment just a byproduct of sport?
The answer to that is perhaps defined by the nature of the sport itself, but you get the feeling it is the former as far as Formula One is concerned.
F1 is constantly looking for ways to "enhance the show" and "provide a spectacle." It is, after all, part of the entertainment business.
That paranoia, that desperation to show off, has seen the suits resort to drastic measures in recent years, with the introduction of flappy rear wings and tyres that fall apart really quickly.
Despite the best efforts of the authorities, however, it always has been and will continue to be the drivers, the heroes and the personalities who create the real excitement.
And at a time when "the show" is again up for discussion, with AUTOSPORT's Jonathan Noble revealing last month that sparks, vapour trails and glowing brakes are set to return, we have ranked each of the 22 drivers on the 2014 grid by their ability to create excitement.
In terms of methodology, we have assessed their aggression behind the wheel, their attacking instincts and their likelihood of doing something jaw-droppingly brilliant or ridiculously foolish over the course of their F1 career as well as in 2014.
Who gets us on the edge of our seat? Who makes the act of driving a Formula One car seem like a truly impossible act? Who, when we hand over our money for a grand prix ticket, are we most eager to see?
You'll find that F1 is blessed in that department.