Thursday afternoon at the British Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton is in confident form during a press conference ahead of his favourite race, at a track, and before a crowd, that have surrendered to him these past few years.
This 33-year old megastar, still in his competitive prime, is flanked to his right by Max Verstappen and to his left by Charles Leclerc - both only just out of their teens. In their company, Lewis is very much the grand old man, ridiculous though that may sound. And, bright button that he is, Hamilton is aware of his creeping seniority: "I have a question for you guys," he throws out to the press huddle. "How am I doing? I notice I've got two 20-year olds next to me. I'm the oldest driver here by a long way."
Hamilton's point is acute. There's no question yet of his powers beginning to fade with age, and he has just re-signed for two more seasons at Mercedes. But there's a sense that the likes of Verstappen and Leclerc are about to upset the generational applecart.