Formula 1 returned to Istanbul for the first time in nine years and when the cars were released they went ice-driving, rallying or like using intermediates on a dry track - pick your simile.
The teams had turned up on the Asia side of the Bosphorus Bridge expecting to immediately be lapping in the 1m23-24s range - already inside the 3.31-mile track's record lap from 2005 and Juan Pablo Montoya in an MP4-20. But when they headed out for the start of FP1, the times initially set were over two-minutes.
It was a perfect storm of cold conditions and hard tyres being forced over a fresh, smooth, oily track surface, with resurfacing work only completed inside the last two weeks. As predicted, this made things very slippery for the drivers - much like they found had the going at Portimao two races ago, but actually very much worse at the same time.