The race itself might not have been an edge-of-the-seat thriller like Bahrain, but the Malaysian Grand Prix weekend had plenty to recommend it. It really underlined the fact that for a variety of reasons, this is going to be an intriguing season.
There are now so many interwoven layers involving engines mileage, new tyres, fuel weights and qualifying strategy, that Formula One is more complex than at any time in the recent past, and therefore a greater challenge both for engineers and those of us trying to keep up with what they're doing.
The new qualifying procedure is great, and the sight of Michael Schumacher and Jenson Button racing each other in and out of the pits at their second tyre changes - missed by the cameras - was a spectacular one. The system continues to throw up surprises, and it's fascinating to see how the teams deal with them.