Only 15 cars taking the start (and 11 finishing), utter domination by one team, plus a terrible first chapter in the reunion of one of the most powerful and famous car/engine combinations in Formula 1 history. This was not the competitive beginning to 2015 that F1 fans were hoping for.
After the final race of 2014, where Lewis Hamilton clinched his second world title and capped a season of total Mercedes dominance, the fact that Felipe Massa's Williams came within 2.576 seconds of denying Hamilton the 33rd grand prix victory of his career offered a glimmer of hope that the next campaign might, possibly, be different. That may yet be so, but in the first race of the season at Albert Park those hopes came to nothing.
Any expectations that Williams - the Mercedes customer team that came closest to denying the works outfit in a fair fight in 2014 - might put its engine partner under more pressure this year were dashed. Massa finished a distant fourth, as Hamilton led Nico Rosberg across the line to record Mercedes' 12th one-two finish in the last 20 races.