An exclusive battle at the front between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton. Mercedes engines the benchmark. Teams at the back facing financial difficulties. The spectre of customer cars still alive and well.
You could be forgiven for thinking that Formula 1 begins its new season in Australia this weekend with not much having changed since the garages were packed up in Abu Dhabi last year. In fact, it seems that the margin between both ends of the grid has got wider.
At the front, Mercedes has admitted to taking a step forward over the winter with its speed and reliability. That's pretty demoralising for the opposition, which had hoped the last few months would have allowed them to close the gap.