Many thought it wouldn't get this far, but A1 Grand Prix is about to start its second season, although with slightly less hype than there was one year ago.
That's not anyone's fault, it's just natural that a second season doesn't create the buzz that the first does. But this one is just as important, as the brainchild of Dubai's Sheikh Maktoum must now establish itself in the motorsport world.
This series started well more than 12 months ago, as a packed Brands Hatch witnessed the first A1 GP event. Track specialist Nelson Piquet Jr was able to draw on his British F3 experience to dominate the weekend, and immediately doubts were raised over the competitiveness of the series.