Father Christmas has long disappeared up the road, leaving everyone in his dust - a bit like Lewis Hamilton did during the 2018 Formula 1 season. So now let's fast-forward to Sunday March 17.
It's 2pm and we're sitting in the pit-straight grandstand at Melbourne's Albert Park. The red lights for the start of the race have just started to come on.
George Russell in his Williams is sitting proudly in pole position, but as the lights go out Lando Norris in the McLaren gets the jump and takes the lead.