Formula One doesn't have the Chase, and its technical specifications allow equipment to be as unequal as money can buy. It's diametric to the Nextel Cup in how many teams and drivers have a chance to win the championship in a typical season.
To read the nation's sports pages this week, you would think that the New England Patriots had been caught spying for al Qaeda, not simply taping the signs that the New York Jets defensive coaches were using to signal their overmatched players last Sunday.
It's Sunday 27 May and wealthy men are racing exceedingly fast cars through a street circuit passing apartment blocks and a casino. But this is not Monte Carlo, where the Monaco Grand Prix is taking place, but the charming town of Pau with its stunning vista over the Pyrenees mountains.
On the opening lap last week in Texas, Ricky Rudd was hit from behind, sending him over the top of David Ragan backwards. More than knocking him out, the incident was a microcosm of Rudd's season, which has been moving backwards since he took the green flag for the Daytona 500.
In his first few races McLaren Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton has risen above the other rookie drivers to become the undisputed star of the 2007 season. But, beyond the hype, does Lewis Hamilton have what it takes to become a future world champion?
The winds of change have swept across Formula One at hurricane strength for the 2007 season, which opens this weekend in Australia. Fernando Alonso, the winner of the past two world championships with Renault, has switched to McLaren-Mercedes. Kimi Raikkonen has moved into the retired Michael Schumacher's Ferrari. And a slew of technical restrictions has been instituted in hopes of placing an increased emphasis on teams and drivers.