Mercedes set the pace on the opening day of Spanish Grand Prix free practice, while Red Bull caught the eye with its long runs. So for those fond of a superficiality not compatible with the complexities of grand prix racing, that might be an open-and-shut case in terms of how the weekend will go.
But behind those headlines lie the details that suggest things will be very different come qualifying and the race, because sometimes you have to look at the subtle hints and glimpses of the story that is playing out.
Those suggest things could be very different. The reality is that, after what was a difficult day's running, Ferrari is actually the stealth favourite at Barcelona.