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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Edd Straw is Editor-in-Chief of Autosport, overseeing both print and digital versions of the brand. Edd has worked for Autosport since joining as a junior reporter in 2002. He became Editor in November 2014, having previously worked as National Editor, News Editor and Grand Prix Editor.
Originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, he joined Autosport shortly after graduating from university. He went on to cover a wide range of categories from club motorsport to the World Touring Car Championship and Le Mans to Formula 3 before switching to F1 full-time at the 2008 French Grand Prix. He continues to cover a range of international events in his position as Editor-in-Chief.
In his spare time, he was formerly a club racer whose abilities did not match his enthusiasm in a variety of categories.