The Formula One season stretches out before us. Eighteen races packed into just eight months. Before we know it, we'll have reached the end of June, Montreal, and the halfway point of the campaign.
The opening three 'fly-aways' will already be distant memories, the first half of the European season gone in a flash. Then it will be the acid-test return to Indianapolis, scene of F1's most embarrassing day, before five more Euro races, two in Asia and the finale in Brazil.
So much potential, so much promise. At the Interlagos chequered flag it will all become history, the 56th year of the World Championship, a new layer of data from which to draw our conclusions on the past and pointers for the future.
Today is the moment of anticipation, a time to savour before a wheel has turned in anger. It's easy to be over-optimistic about how competitive a Formula One season is going to be, then find yourself disappointed when a familiar pattern quickly emerges in the early races. But still... I can't help being genuinely excited by what might lie ahead.