You can't get two words out about motorsport these days without somebody complaining that it's all about who has the fastest car rather than who is the best driver.
But while there's a partial element of truth to that, anyone who really knowns their motor racing will be able to tell you that there's an awful lot more to it than that.
And now we have proof.
The proof in question comes courtesy of driver Leh Keen, a racing driver who has finished on the podium at the Le Mans 24hr and won the Grand-Am GT championship in an illustrious career.
He strapped on a helmet camera to give a true drivers'-eye view of a lap of the iconic Nurburgring in Germany during the Nurburgring 24hr race.
It was a lap that was driven flat out, at night, and in torrential rain so heavy that the race was stopped soon afterwards for seven hours.
Keen's stunning display of driving in his Porsche 911 GT3 R, featured at Jalopnik's Drive website, is by turns thrilling, terrifying and exhilarating as the car bumps, slides, swerves, dips, accelerates and bumps some more throughout the lengthy lap.
It's a long video, but well worth sticking through.
Next time you're playing Gran Turismo or Forza Motorsport and thinking, "Hey, I could do this," remember this video. And think again.