Hot. Few other words can convey so pithily last season's developments at Force India, Formula 1's punchiest equipe. Retina-sizzling livery? Check. Owner fighting extradition to India? Check. Drivers not just at loggerheads in the garage but hitting one another on-track? Check.
As chief operating officer, Otmar Szafnauer straddles the line between business and engineering (he's got qualifications in both); Vijay Mallya might own the team, but Szafnauer runs it day-to-day, having fulfilled that beat at Honda and British American Racing before that, with a brief interregnum during which he developed the forerunner of the official F1 app.
And as a resident these past 20 years of the affluent Northamptonshire locale drawn within easy reach of Silverstone, Szafnauer, like many members of the local motorsport community, is a regular diner at the venue for today's lunch appointment: the Khushboo in Brackley.