"So you're still working with Red Bull this year..." Alex Lynn shakes his head. "No connection at all?" "No."
That question hadn't exactly been planned as a curveball. Or even a question. After all, Lynn had just won the GP3 title (by a commanding margin) as a Red Bull junior and now been announced as a DAMS GP2 driver alongside 2014 Red Bull stablemate Pierre Gasly.
This was at AUTOSPORT International back in January. Lynn had hinted it was worth holding back a few weeks after our conversation before writing this feature, as there was something else - something big - on the horizon. Now he was doing an impeccably professional job of navigating the tightrope of what he could and couldn't say about 2015: "There are some other things going along. I want to get myself in the position where if I perform, I get the opportunity."