During the Australian Grand Prix weekend, you will hear certain comments and soundbites again and again.
'The season is long', 'it's just one race', 'it's an unusual track', 'there will be a big upgrade package in Spain' and variations thereof will abound. And all will be true, truer than ever in the case of the length of the championship in this record year of 21 races.
These are the early season conventional wisdoms of F1. The equivalent of footballing cliches like 'a game of two halves' and 'take each match as it comes'.