Sebastian Vettel has split the Mercedes drivers by qualifying on the front row for each of the last two Malaysian Grands Prix. Last year - as a Red Bull racer - he inevitably slipped back to third as Lewis Hamilton drove off into the distance.
Vettel repeated his qualifying trick as a Ferrari man in 2015, but again no one expected him to win. We all thought he might - if he got everything right - give the Mercedes drivers something to worry about, and - maybe - finish second.
It is clear Ferrari has made a massive step over the winter under the blossoming technical directorship of James Allison, but not the sort of step that puts the Scuderia on a par with Mercedes. Best-of-the-rest maybe, but winning potential so early in the season? Forget it.