There is a sense that whilst Mercedes has been quick to cool early expectations that the W14 could rival at least Ferrari this season, the German manufacturer has kept its cards somewhat close to its chest.
Testing times would have you believe that Aston Martin is closer to challenging Mercedes for third than the Brackley-based outfit is to the Scuderia and Red Bull.
This seems unlikely given the strides taken by Mercedes late last term, so whilst there may be no challenge for victory on Sunday, expect to see Lewis Hamilton and George Russell at least mixing it up for a podium position.
Midfield pecking order to emerge
Continuing the theme of teams perhaps not showing their full potential at testing, there is little to guess in terms of the midfield pecking order.
Suggestions dictate that Aston Martin will lead Alpine in fourth and fifth, but anything after that is murky water.
Alfa Romeo, Haas and McLaren should all be in the mix despite having differing fortunes at the test, while AlphaTauri will have a point to prove after a difficult season last year.
And Williams should be a lot closer to the pack than predicted after its most promising test in years and two hungry drivers in Alex Albon and rookie Logan Sargeant.
The picture should become clear by the end of qualifying on Saturday.
One driver who has no preparation from testing is Lance Stroll.
The Canadian was injured in a cycling accident in Spain and was forced to sit out the three days of running last week to rehabilitate.
But Stroll is back for the coming weekend, so how will he perform?
Data collected by Fernando Alonso and Felipe Drugovich will be vital in steering Stroll through the weekend, but it will be an uphill task to collect points, no matter how fast the AMR23 is.
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