Lewis Hamilton returned to work yesterday, stepping on to the race track for his first meaningful session of driving since he snatched victory from the jaws of defeat at the Brazilian Grand Prix last year.
He managed 27 laps of the Algarve Motor Park in Portugal before having to retire due to "an engine systems shut-down".
The F1 champ later returned to clock up another 50 laps to complete a satisfying day of testing.
So is motor racing like riding a bike – something you don’t forget how to do however many Downing Street functions, dates with Pussycat dolls and Sports Personality of the Year-style award you attend during the off-season?
Apparently so. The 24-year-old was quoted by the Telegraph as saying: "It’s funny, you think you’ll be rusty, but that’s never really the case."
Not that McLaren have simply dusted off last year’s car in an effort to regain the drivers’ championship.
A batch of rule changes have clearly heavily influenced the design of their new MP4-24 car, which will be put through its paces for another six weeks before making its racing debut at the Melbourne Grand Prix in March.
Written by James Christie