Marc Marquez is doing his best to look relaxed, but behind the cool façade there must be butterflies in his stomach. And well he might be nervous - Marquez is a four-time MotoGP champion, but he's never properly driven a racing car on a circuit before, and his first proper experience of it will be in Formula 1 machinery.
In technical terms, F1 and motorcycle racing sit at opposite ends of the spectrum, yet it's not uncommon for specialists of the respective disciplines to swap shirts - if only fleetingly. MotoGP megastar Valentino Rossi tested for Ferrari in the mid-2000s, while triple champ Jorge Lorenzo tested a 2014 Mercedes at Silverstone just two years ago. But this is still a bit unusual - even for Marquez, a man whose brain must surely operate on a different plane, given his supremacy in one of the most exciting and dangerous forms of motorsport.
"A new experience," agrees Marquez as he greets Mark Webber on a cloudy morning in the Red Bull Ring pitlane. Webber, nine times a grand prix winner, will be coaching Marquez through this exploratory journey. They stroll to the garage together as mechanics finish fettling the car Marquez will drive - a Red Bull RB8 from 2012, clad in Toro Rosso livery.