Mick Schumacher's tempestuous arrival in Formula 1 was greeted by a storm: a Bahraini sandstorm, of the sort that reduced visibility to similar levels as freezing fog - sprinkling cars and people with a fine yet persistent layer of grit that tasted vaguely of wet cement.
That was on the Monday before what was arguably the most anticipated F1 debut of recent years, and while the dust had settled by Tuesday morning, it remained as an insidiously slippery coating on the Sakhir track's surface.
Besides, another storm was brewing. This time, thick black clouds pregnant with rain that would soon cascade over the circuit, bringing proceedings to an unexpected halt.
So the circumstances were, to put it mildly, fraught. Yet against the desert landscape, in the eye of the storm, Mick Schumacher was an oasis of calm - despite the intense scrutiny that followed his every move.
Schumacher Junior making his Ferrari debut would have been an emotionally charged event on any occasion, but of course there was the elephant in the room: an appropriate metaphor because the legacy of his seven-time champion father at the Scuderia is truly gigantic.