Amid the monotony of Mercedes domination, clutching at straws in the search for excitement becomes more common in Formula 1. Will the Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas fight descend into civil war? Did you see how disingenuously Hamilton congratulated Bottas on his pole in Spain? Are they going to start hating each other now - will 'Bottas 2.0' play mind games like Nico Rosberg?
The answer to such questions is probably 'no', as much as this sort of hyperbole would help fuel intrigue in F1 2019. It's a two-horse race, and everyone (maybe not Mercedes) would prefer more cars and drivers to be involved.
The silver lining is there is genuine competition between Hamilton and Bottas, but the worrying thing is Hamilton has emerged from the first five races on top - and all signs point to him raising the bar higher in the coming weeks.