Bumping into Ron Dennis on the grid in Malaysia, I passed the time of day by mentioning the recently surfaced rumours that Mercedes associate HWA wanted to buy into Toro Rosso. The McLaren boss said something about it being "cloud cuckoo land", so we switched instead to a brief discussion of the upcoming event.
Stating the obvious, I said it was absolutely vital that Fernando Alonso stayed between the Ferraris at the start if we were to get some kind of race. It was going to be a tough one in terms of the red cars' pace, Ron admitted, but "you never know about the first corner. It doesn't look like it's going to rain, does it?" he added.
"It'll probably come after the flag and dampen their celebrations," I said, before respectfully adding, "or yours for that matter..."