Oh dear. Knocked out in Q1 for the third time in four races, and the recipient of a grid penalty carried over from China, Gutierrez was already on the back foot when the grand prix got underway.

He made that all the worse by bashing up his Sauber on lap one, effectively ruining his race and leaving him to trundle home a lowly 18th – behind the Caterham of Charles Pic. Not good enough by a long shot, and if he wasn’t so heavily backed you’d be starting to hear talk about the security of his seat. But then we did say he’d been promoted to the big league a year early in our rookie preview, so his early season struggles were expected in the Sett.

We can hear the chants already – “Bring back Kamui!”

Battling with the backmarkers - photos: Marussia F1 media
Battling with the backmarkers – photos: Marussia F1 media