Nico Rosberg breezes into his Monaco office and immediately spots a bowl of red foil-wrapped packets. "What are these?" he says quizzically.
In his absence we've delivered twenty handmade fortune cookies, each containing a question related to the 2018 season, to his desk.
No longer constrained by the shackles of an F1 team's PR machine, the 2016 world champion is uniquely qualified to deliver razor-sharp insights and can say exactly what he thinks - and we're in for a treat. "This is a first for me," he says. "To be grilled like this on my sport."