If not exactly brought to a shuddering halt, the Brawn GP bandwagon at least slowed enough in the Chinese Grand Prix to allow Red Bull Racing to charge to a maiden victory.
The big question is, can the Milton Keynes-based team be expected to challenge for a second win in the space of a week at a circuit more likely to be sand-hit than rainswept?
Free practice kicks off on Friday a mere five days after Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber stood on the top two steps of the podium at Shanghai, but that doesn't mean there's no time for additional car tweaks to be jetted in - perhaps, as was the case for the Saturday of the Chinese Grand Prix, aboard Flavio Briatore's private jet!
This year's rule changes, not to mention last week's diffuser ruling, mean that the pace of development is frenzied. With so many unknowns, even in the fourth race of the season the competitive order has yet to establish itself fully.
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