Michael Schumacher's comeback season was a sobering experience but even so, Fernando Alonso is not writing his fellow former champion off just yet.
"I have the greatest respect and admiration for Michael," said Alonso. But enough to rate him as a serious contender for the title?
"We'll have to wait and see what happens in Australia and how the MGP W02 performs in the first three or four races. If Mercedes are battling for pole position, they will be one of our great rivals," says the Ferrari driver ominously.