After all the talk of new regulations and ugly noses, it was finally time to see - and hear - the new breed of turbocharged Formula 1 cars on track at Jerez this morning.
AUTOSPORT decided to head out to Dry Sac, the tight right-hander at the end of the back straight. Here, you can see the cars approaching at high speed before braking hard and coming down the (eight-speed) gearbox. They then accelerate away as the drivers head off into the faster Turn 7.
It's cool but dry as the session begins and, encouragingly, one car heads out on track straight away. It's Lewis Hamilton in the new Mercedes.
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Kevin Turner is the editor of Autosport magazine, having previously been the editor of sister publication Motorsport News. He joined the magazine in 2006 after writing club race reports as a freelancer while studying history at the University of York. He has also covered international events for both the magazine and the website, including the Le Mans 24 Hours. Kevin covered the British Touring Car Championship from 2011 to '14 and has a keen interest in the historic racing scene. He lives in Fleet with his wife and two children.@KRT917 More features by Kevin Turner