Several years ago a young Spaniard hauled a Minardi around for a season and caught everyone’s attention with the level of his performances. He got signed by Flavio Briatore, tested for Renault, got a race seat and won two World Titles. That man was Fernando Alonso.

Why are we bringing him up in a report about Jules Bianchi? Because that’s who he reminds us of right now. And the season is only two races old.

Granted, it’s very early days. The Marussia may be a whole lot better than it has been in recent seasons, or the Caterhams are even worse, but the moments Jules picked to demonstrate his pace were pinpoint and precise. The qualifying lap was fast enough to outqualify Charles Pic and Giedo Van Der Garde, and he put in the fast laps during his stints at the right time to conserve tyres.

15th on his debut, 13th a race later. It doesn’t seem much to many, but to some it could be the start of something very special indeed.