One could say our STR10 has already done a fair share of that distance, given that, come the end of the three winter test sessions, Carlos and Max between them completed no less than 5,536 km, the third highest total of all the teams when it comes to mileage in Jerez and the two Barcelona tests.

That’s the equivalent of our new STR10 having already completed 18 of the 20 Grands Prix on the 2015 calendar. In fact, if you add up the distances of all rounds this year, you get to almost 6,100 km. That’s like doing Faenza to Rome and back eight and a half times, if all streets indeed led to Rome. But as we are tackling the journey to Melbourne, the only number which interests us is 9: the number of days separating us from the moment when the red lights finally go out and the action really starts.