When darkness began to encroach on Albert Park shortly after the Australian Grand Prix, the folk at McLaren may have found it profoundly symbolic.
Recent Formula One seasons have been marked both by the quality of the racing and – at least in two of the past three years – by the closeness of the competition. The campaign that gets under way here on Sunday, though, has the potential to be tighter than any of them.
Sebastian Vettel is not a multiple world champion just because he drives the best car, says Christian Horner.
Lewis Hamilton, whose recognition of the importance of lap times and telemetry data has never distracted him from a strong sense of personal destiny, has spoken of his desire to achieve the same greatness as Ayrton Senna.
Next year, today's Formula One cars will belong in a motor museum. They will look as old hat as Arnold Schwarzenegger up against Robert Patrick's liquid metal T-1000 in Terminator 2.
Mercedes dominated the last day of Formula One testing but most experts left the Circuit de Catalunya with the old suspicion that Red Bull would again be the team to beat when the season begins in Melbourne in two weeks.
Jenson Button and his McLaren team are fighting against the clock to get the car ready for the start of the Formula One season in Melbourne in two weeks time.
Lewis Hamilton won the British Grand Prix in a race that was like a transfusion of fresh blood for the much-criticised sport.
Still struggling with an off-the-pace and recalcitrant car, Jenson Button knows a podium place is almost certainly beyond his McLaren-Honda at the British Grand Prix this weekend.