All the 11 teams have been working hard since the flag fell on last year's final race in Brazil, but at Albert Park next week the world will see whose homework has paid off. Tom Keeble looks at who holds the cards in 2008.
The long winter is over, the new season is approaching, and the teams are about to discover whether their hard work out of the public eye is going to pay off.
This year, there are rule changes that require more longevity from gearboxes and engines, along with the loss of traction control, so the team have universally aimed to gets cars on track early, looking to ensure they have nailed reliability before the season.
Another change, essentially mandating a fixed electronic controller for the engine, should ensure that traction control is successfully eliminated; however, there are renewed concerns over the potential for cheating (launch control, technically banned again, being mentioned fairly regularly), whilst the ongoing dispute over the use of customer chassis has prevented Prodrive from making the grid.