There are no clear winners in testing, no podium to stand on or tens of thousands of spectators to acclaim (or boo) you in victory.
But with the 2014 Formula 1 season already four days old, some are in better shape than others as the form book starts to be drafted.
There are certainly clear losers. It would be foolish to award the wooden spoon for Jerez 2014 to anyone other than Red Bull with a paltry 21 laps completed over four days before packing up early on Friday. To nobody's great surprise, Daniel Ricciardo managed just seven stuttering laps today before F1's dominant force of the past four years headed home.
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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.