I am driving through London in summer. There is no traffic. The sun is out, the roof is down, and a bus driver who has been edging aggressively close leans out of the window and says: "Madam, I like your car!"
For McLaren, the past two weeks have been difficult, perhaps even traumatic, in that – for all the attention to detail in Formula One – this is a team that prides itself on ensuring every aspect of racing, on and off the track, is maintained and managed to the highest level. It is part of what makes McLaren McLaren.
Lewis Hamilton has denied that his decision to switch teams from McLaren to Mercedes was for financial reasons.
Finally the paddock in Japan found a new topic of conversation yesterday, albeit only tangentially removed from Lewis Hamilton's move to Mercedes, when Michael Schumacher announced his second and surely final, retirement from the sport.
And he's off.
Lewis Hamilton has shone so iridescently in his short career as to suggest he may one day be ranked alongside the greatest of British drivers, Jim Clark. He craves to be compared with his idol, Ayrton Senna.
McLaren have increased their offer to Lewis Hamilton in an attempt to see off a bid from Mercedes, placing an extra £2m a year on top of the £10m already on the table.
Lewis Hamilton's world championship bid, which appeared to have developed an irresistible momentum, looks to be in ruins after he dropped out of the Singapore Grand Prix with more than half the race remaining.
McLaren have finally admitted that they have offered Lewis Hamilton less money as they attempt to fight off a bid by Mercedes to sign the driver.
Renault has accused Red Bull of lying as relations between the engine supplier and the Formula One team reached a new level of acrimony five days before the Malaysian Grand Prix.
Formula One is a mess but the sport is failing to even acknowledge it has a problem, according to John Watson. The former driver, who won five grands prix and is now better known as a commentator, said major changes are needed to save the sport.