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.
F1 2014 car launch - The era of the 'anteaters'
F1 2014 car launch - The era of the 'anteaters'
1/17 McLaren - MP4-29
The Woking-based outfit launched their MP4-29 on January 24, with drivers Jenson Button and rookie Kevin Magnussen joined by reserve driver Stoffel Vandoorne. However, the main talking point was the absence of team principal Martin Whitmarsh following the return of Ron Dennis
2/17 Williams - FW35
Williams were the first to unveil their car, albeit a computer-generated design. The real thing is yet to roll out of the garage at Jerez, with some last minute adjustments holding up its debut. Former Ferrari driver Felipe Massa joins the team to try and return them to the top of the sport, and he will partner Valteri Bottas who is retained from last season
3/17 Ferrari - F14T
The Italian manufacturers have pushed Red Bull hard in the past few years, but they hope the F14T will finally surpass their rivals and give either Fernando Alonso or the returning Kimi Raikkonen another World Championship to add to their collection
4/17 Ferrari - F14T
Raikkonen gets reacquainted with the Ferrari cockpit after a four-year absence from the prancing horse, but...
5/17 Ferrari - F14T
His joy is short lived as he becomes the first to suffer from unreliability as his car stops on track, requiring a lift back to the pit lane. He certainly won't be the last though
6/17 Sauber - C33-Ferrari
Sauber have followed the 'anteater' nose design for 2014, and hope for a more successful year than last with Adrian Sutil joining Esteban Gutierrez at the wheel
7/17 Lotus E22
Lotus launched their 2014 challenger, the E22, on the same day as team principal Eric Boullier left the team, with Gerard Lopez replacing him at the helm. With Romain Grosjean now the team leader, many will be watching how he and livewire Pastor Maldonado get on this year. Thta's if they turn up, as their absence from Jerez doesn't bode well
8/17 Mercedes - W05sup
Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton unveil the Mercedes W05sup at Jerez, which thankfully avoids the 'anteater' nose
9/17 Mercedes - W05sup
Many are tipping Hamilton and Rosberg to take the fight to Red Bull this year with the W05sup undoubtedly one of the nicer looking cars on this season's grid, but will it be as fast?
10/17 Red Bull - RB10
Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull are going for a record-equalling fifth straight drivers' and constructors' championship. They have also avoided the 'anteater' nose, and rival Mercedes for the best looking car of the year award. Is there anything Red Bull don't want to win? Daniel Ricciardo makes the step-up from Toro Rosso to replace the now absent Mark Webber
11/17 Toro Rosso - STR9
Toro Rosso's design sure isn't pretty, but they have taken a step into the unknown with rookie 19-year-old Daniil Kvyat. The Russian impressed in practice towards the end of last season, but how will he get on against his more experienced team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne?
12/17 Toro Rosso - STR9
The 'anteater' nose of the Toro Rosso SRT9, likened to a sex toy by lingerie makers Ann Summers
13/17 Force India - VJM07
The ever-impressive Nico Hulkenburg returns to the team he left at the end of 2012 having missed out on a seat at Ferrari, Lotus and McLaren. The German will have a point to prove once more, but he'll have a difficult enough time to beat team-mate Sergio Perez first
14/17 Caterham - CT04
After a short delay which saw their early morning unveiling cancelled, Caterham eventually rolled out their CT04 in the afternoon, with another rookie in Marcus Ericsson at the wheel, while the returning Kamui Kobayashi took the picture
15/17 Williams - FW36
Williams finally got their FW36 running after a delay on day one of testing at Jerez, with Valteri Bottas taking to the track
16/17 Marussia - MR03
Two days later than scheduled, Max Chilton eventually left the garage in the Marussia MR03 for its first run at Jerez
17/17 Marussia - MR03
Chilton brings the car back in after completing an installation lap
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 at the races 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 undoubtedly put him through the wringer.
And 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.
With the focus this year on the new power units, Pirelli has agreed to take more of a backseat and produce a more durable rubber.
But there is a new 'kicker' for Hamilton to deal with, and that is in relation to the fuel regulations as each car will start with a 100kg limit, as opposed to 150kg in the past.
The strategy now will focus on fuel management, ensuring the car has enough to reach the chequered flag, again denying Hamilton the chance of a flat-out push.
The question that has arisen is how the 29-year-old will cope with this latest restriction, with the suggestion being team-mate Nico Rosberg will have the edge and is a better bet for the championship.
It is a claim Hamilton has refuted, insisting neither he nor Rosberg are able to learn any more, no matter how long each might spend in an engineering meeting.
That remains to be seen once the on-track action begins on March 16 with the season-opening Australian Grand Prix around Melbourne's Albert Park.
Hamilton at least ended pre-season on a respectable footing with the fastest time of the final day - albeit after spending the first four hours in the garage as his mechanics sorted out a gearbox issue - and the second quickest of the eight overall in Bahrain, just 0.020secs behind Williams' Felipe Massa.
Unsurprisingly, Hamilton has now been installed as title favourite, though he said: "All I can say is we will definitely be shooting for the top five!"
Assessing the overall picture, Hamilton added: "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.
"You can be pretty sure Ferrari will be quick, and Red Bull will be strong, even if they're struggling a little with the power unit right now.
"So I wouldn't be surprised if there are just a few tenths (of a second) between teams in Melbourne.
"It won't be until we've all gone out at the same time, in the same conditions, with the same fuel that we get a better idea."
Hamilton at least acknowledges Mercedes are front-runners after he and Rosberg combined to place the German manufacturer out in front in terms of most kilometres completed.
"It has definitely been the most challenging winter I've experienced and the car is still very much a work in progress," said Hamilton.
"There's so much to learn with these new cars. It's just mind-blowing and I don't think anybody can be fully ready for the challenge of this season.
"Like every team, we found ourselves encountering problems every day and we've still got some work to do in terms of both reliability and speed.
"But we've learnt a lot over the course of these last few weeks and overall it's been a good winter of testing for us.
"I feel as ready as I can be and I'm looking forward to seeing where we are in Melbourne."
There are many who would suggest a second title for Hamilton is long overdue given his talent as it is now six years since he captured his one and only championship in dramatic circumstances.
If nothing else, testing has at least suggested Hamilton should be in the running to bring to an end Sebastian Vettel's four years of domination.
"The goal is always to win the championship, and this year I'm more pumped for it than ever," insisted Hamilton.
"I feel confident the team is pushing hard to get us to the top and we've great people working on every area of what we do, so we have a fighting chance."