It's a cliche to talk about Formula 1's ultra-competitive midfield battle these days. But that doesn't mean it's not valid to do so, and with three quarters of pre-season testing in the history books it seems F1's 2019 'Class B' will be every bit as tight as last year - or perhaps even more so.
But one team in that group is an anomaly.
Renault is a full-blown manufacturer operation, one that has built impressive resources over the past three years and plans to cross the no-man's land separating the rest from the big three in the coming seasons. To do that, it first must be at the front of the midfield pack - and ideally more comfortably than it was last year. In short, it must not only finish fourth this season, but a better fourth.