The first thing you do when word of a story like Nelson Piquet Jr entering the Pau Grand Prix round of the Formula 3 European Championship reaches the Autosport office is check the date.
It wasn't April 1 at any point this week, so it was real. The reigning Formula E champion, an ex-Formula 1 driver who last raced in F3 in 2004, really was coming back for a one-off this weekend. Then the fun police stepped in.
The wind was taken out of Piquet's sails when the FIA rejected his entry in Carlin's fourth car, a seat that was vacated by Raoul Hyman after the Paul Ricard opener.