Although Williams scored no world championship points in Malaysia, they made their point in no uncertain terms. Especially on medium tyres (i.e., the softer of the two Sepang options), particularly in the first half of the race, Nico Rosberg and Alex Wurz were faster than all bar the McLaren and Ferrari drivers. And, after the race, technical director Sam Michael hinted that the FW29 might be better still, relative to its opposition, in Bahrain.
Don't forget that even the unloved FW28 was sensational in Bahrain last year, especially in the hands of Rosberg, who, in his first ever Grand Prix, carved fastest lap and no fewer than 19 of the fastest 50 laps driven by anyone on that scorching afternoon in the Bahraini desert.
Wurz, too, is always very good around the geometric curves of Sakhir. In 2005, when he was sharing 'man Friday' duties at McLaren with Pedro de la Rosa, he missed Australia and Malaysia while the Woking lads enlarged the MP4-20's ultra-snug cockpit to accommodate his 6ft2in (1m86) frame.
Alex Wurz (McLaren MP4-20 Mercedes) during practice for the 2005 Bahrain Grand Prix © LAT
So he made his 2005 'man Friday' debut in Bahrain. Even after the team had done their fettling, he wasn't able to apply full lock without taking one hand off the steering wheel, so little elbow room did he have available. And what was the result? P1, that's what.