Even the teams didn't know quite what to expect of the new qualifying format in Bahrain, and the first experience of the knockout system was an education for all.
Helped in part by Kimi Raikkonen's spectacular contribution, qualifying at Sakhir proved to be a show in its own right, and far more entertaining than what we've grown used to over the last three years. More importantly, along with the return of tyre changes, it helped to set up a fascinating race.
"What I'm pleased about is that we've kept the chaos bit," said Renault's director of engineering Pat Symonds. "At the end of the day, we've got one-lap qualifying, even if it's not single-lap qualifying.