Four of the drivers in Formula 1's big three teams are out of contract at the end of the season, and while there's no doubt Lewis Hamilton has a Mercedes deal waiting for him to sign if he wants it, there remain question marks over where the other three will ply their trades in 2019. Of those, one stands head and shoulders above the rest in terms of what they offer to a team.
For while Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen have both had strong starts to the season, Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo reminded everyone in the Chinese Grand Prix that he brings a little magic to a team. He has the consistent ability to make things happen, to force the issue in a race situation in a way few others can.
You can rationalise his Shanghai charge from sixth to first easily enough. After all, he was assisted by team-mate Max Verstappen's blunders and had the advantage of fresher, softer tyres than those he was passing. But how many times have we seen drivers fail to capitalise on such an advantage in race conditions? It wasn't easy, Ricciardo just made it look that way.