I couldn't help but smile when I noticed Fernando Alonso mischievously ramping up a bit more pressure on Lewis Hamilton last Sunday night. Yes, he said, he'd be helping Felipe Massa if the opportunity arose.
Lewis has enough to worry about without Fernando sticking his oar in and this coming weekend at Shanghai promises to be fascinating. If Fuji is any barometer, Alonso and Renault are now almost quick enough to be a nuisance.
It's looked that way for the last couple of races, not just in Japan. Alonso owed his Singapore victory either to extreme good fortune or devious team planning, depending on your take, but he was already fast. He'd been quick on Friday and fastest of all on Saturday morning before a fuel feed problem at the start of Q2 left him throwing up his arms to the heavens.
Nobody at Fuji wanted to say so on the record, but many teams thought that Renault had carefully plotted Alonso's Singapore win and were very suspicious that Nelson Piquet had crashed at precisely the right moment to trigger the safety car which swung the race towards Alonso.