There's a little bit of irony to the fact that Formula 1's most unpredictable of seasons may well deliver us a completely predictable outcome in Australia's opening round this weekend.
But even if Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg power the Silver Arrows in Melbourne to their first one-two since the 1955 Italian Grand Prix, don't believe for one second that the die is cast for an era of Red Bull F1 dominance to be followed by a Mercedes whitewash.
In fact, the one thing that no one must do after this weekend is write off new-era F1 as a lost cause, even if Australia does not deliver us a complete thriller with wheel-to-wheel battles from start to finish, and a race with strategic nuances to keep fans on the edges of their seats for two hours.
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