In the murk of the Sepang paddock, Pierre Gasly's white cap is illuminated by the glare of a TV camera's spotlight. He's just finished his first day's running at a GP weekend and is the apple of the media's eye.
Five days earlier, racing in the Super Formula series at Sugo in northern Japan, he took his third successive podium and then received a life-changing text message. He was told to prepare for his Toro Rosso debut.
Seconds later, on the other side of the world, Daniil Kvyat received a rather less welcome call from Dr Helmut Marko, head of Red Bull's young driver programme, who told Daniil not to bother checking in for his flight to Kuala Lumpur.