McLaren's relief at finally ditching Honda and moving on to papaya orange pastures new is palpable. Fernando Alonso was on typically bullish form in Australia, talking up his Formula 1 team training its laser focus on Red Bull, despite some obvious residual shortcomings with the MCL33, and a 1.3-second deficit to the fastest RB14 in qualifying.
There's not too much to get excited about really. But everything is relative. McLaren has only to glance backwards to see how much worse things might have been had it stuck rather than twisted last season. Despite the swell of excitement over an unusually reliable winter, Honda endured a muted first race with Toro Rosso in its post-McLaren nirvana.
Both Toro Rossos dropped out in Q1, with a 1.7s gap to the front. That's a tenth worse than the team managed at Melbourne last season, and almost three tenths worse than Honda managed with McLaren at the 2017 season-opener. This was followed by an all-too-familiar engine failure in the race, when Pierre Gasly's MGU-H gave up the ghost. You could almost hear the harrumphs of schadenfreude satisfaction coming from the McLaren boardroom.