Max Verstappen strides into the room oozing the self-confidence only those in total command of themselves and their surroundings can summon.
Yes, he will grant F1 Racing 45 minutes of his time on his busiest grand prix weekend of the season (Spa), and yes he will pose for photographs. But no, he won't roar like a lion for the purposes of our imagery: "I'm not into that..."
Fair enough. You can lead a horse to water... Or should that be a lion to his prey? Probably, because that's exactly why we're nestled within the VIP area of Red Bull's new (and supposedly self-cooling) wood-based Energy Station.