We've made it...
Three long months after the chequered flag in Abu Dhabi signalled the close of the 2015 Formula One season, we've lasted the Winter and have emerged to herald the start of the 2016 Formula One World Championship!
Driver line-ups have been confirmed, cars have been unveiled and testing has now got underway in Barcelona.
All the talk has centred around the unveiled Red Bull RB12, the Mercedes W07 and Haas Racing's debut offering in testing.
Although still early on in testing, Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel have set the pace at Catalunya, almost a second quicker than Lewis Hamilton. However, the first day of testing is all about getting the laps in, and in that respect Hamilton and Mercedes lead the way here. The World Champion has so far completed 28 laps of the circuit, 9 more than his nearest competitor Carlos Sainz.
Pascal Wehrlein, the much talked about wonderkid of the grid (alongside Max Verstappen), has got his F1 career underway with Manor, though the German has only managed to get one lap in this morning.
As always, a new season brings new controversy, and Bernie Ecclestone has managed to sway attention away from testing with his comments about the current state of the sport. Ecclestone has revealed that he resents those holding a stake in the sport for financial gain and criticised the current offering, declaring: "Formula One is the worst it has ever been. I wouldn't spend my money to take my family to watch a race. No way".
Ecclestone also attacked the "Cartel" of Mercedes and Ferrari, who he alleges hold an effective veto on the decision making process of the sport; a claim supported by the fact that the pair supply engines to eight of the 11 times on the grid.
How its great to have the pantomime of Formula One back in our lives!