Since it became clear exactly how dominant Mercedes is in 2014, the Monaco Grand Prix weekend has been marked with a big asterisk in the calendar by the chasing pack.
Thursday practice on the streets of the Principality suggests that Red Bull potentially has the pace to push the Silver Arrows harder than in the first five races of the season, with Daniel Ricciardo again the most convincing of its drivers.
With the afternoon's wet conditions - which only allowed drivers to set times on slick rubber in the final 10 minutes - rendering any tentative long-run data even more irrelevant than it would be even once the near-impossibility of overtaking is factored in, a clear picture did not emerge.
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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.