Fernando Alonso, and not Lewis Hamilton, is the man to take the fizz out of Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel and stop the German winning his fourth consecutive Formula One world championship.
Kimi Raikkonen was not even at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit on Thursday but the Lotus driver was still the main topic of conversation as intense paddock gossip concentrated on who will be driving for whom next year, following Mark Webber's decision to retire from Formula One.
The Hungarian Grand Prix will present McLaren with their best chance of a podium place this season, according to Jenson Button.
Lewis Hamilton has won the Hungarian Grand Prix on three occasions in his six seasons in Formula One – but his Mercedes team have arrived in Budapest in a defensive frame of mind.
Red Bull have an impressive record when it comes to meeting fresh challenges and the latest one is something completely different: how will Mark Webber's decision to quit the team upset the most impressive operation in Formula One?
Ross Brawn has welcomed Lewis Hamilton's criticism of Mercedes's new car as the first testing session of the Formula One season came to an end in Jerez.
Jenson Button is fit and fast enough to win his second Formula One world championship this year, but in case he needs a little help he is calling on Nigel Mansell and Luke Skywalker.
For McLaren, the past two weeks have been difficult, perhaps even traumatic, in that – for all the attention to detail in Formula One – this is a team that prides itself on ensuring every aspect of racing, on and off the track, is maintained and managed to the highest level. It is part of what makes McLaren McLaren.