Toto Wolff ushers us into the relative calm of his office. Outside is a cacophony of noise as Mercedes guests tuck into their noonday lunch. The title-winning team boss sits proudly at his desk, in a place of serenity. He glances at a series of pictures from the past season of racing.
Mercedes' photographer, Paul Ripke, has been granted exclusive access to the team, its drivers and management and F1 Racing has a selection to jog Wolff's memory.
The first is of team-mates Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, and he reflects on how different the chemistry is between his drivers compared with the 'nuclear war' that existed 12 months ago between Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.