With Round Three of the 2016 Formula One World Championship just around the corner, the sport continues to stumble blindly in the dark in terms of trying to generate excitement.
With the drivers and teams just short of all-out mutiny over qualifying, the FIA agreed to scrap the aggregate system and instead revert back to the 2015 method, much to the relief of the paddock and fans alike.
The latest change previous to the reversion to 2015 rules would've required the drivers to post two laps during qualification, with the aggregate of both determining who starts where on the grid. The move was a desperate attempt by Bernie Ecclestone and co. to shake up the starting grid and avoid a Mercedes-Ferrari-Williams lock-out of the front six grid slots. As it turns out, we'll likely continue to see a grid dominated by the above trifecta, but at least it's traditional, natural racing. Borrowing a phrase from a disgruntled Sebastian Vettel, the circus has been sent packing.
All this is clearly good news for Nico Rosberg, who is hoping to make it six wins out of six, dating back to 2015. A third straight win this season will see him further extend the gap between himself and second-placed Lewis Hamilton. Quite when Hamilton will awaken and show his true pace this year is anyone's guess; the season is still very young and Rosberg could well lose steam by the time the circus hits Europe in a few weeks.
Ferrari have shown at these early stages that they have the pace to at least spook the Mercedes pair, but they still seem a bit far away from a full-blown title challenge. Nonetheless, it'll be interesting to see Sebastian Vettel get a proper race under his belt and show what kind of pace he can generate in China; he is arguably the sole man who can lift knock Mercedes off their perch this season.
Haas, or Ferrari-lite, depending on which side of the supporters fence you are on, will be hoping to pick up where they left off in Bahrain. The new team look like they are here to stay this season, and have a brilliant opportunity to split the midfield pack and upset the apple-cart this season.