It seems Ron Dennis was absolutely right. When making his driver selection for 2007, he declared that having already secured Fernando Alonso, and already lost Kimi Raikkonen, the spectacular GP2 champion and long-time McLaren protege Lewis Hamilton was a much better bet than any of the other drivers currently in Formula One.
That belief was utterly vindicated in Melbourne as Raikkonen, Alonso and Hamilton filled the podium at the season-opener, having been a class apart all afternoon.
But Raikkonen and Alonso's performances were totally as expected. Predictably, when handed a fast and reliable car, Raikkonen took a dominant victory. Equally predictably, in a car that wasn't quite the fastest, Alonso focused on maximising his points haul and keeping his likely title rival in sight. Neither seemed particularly fazed by their moves to very different new environments.