So after just 1.5 hours of the 2010 F1 season, we have a McLaren with a dodgy but extremely clever sounding new aerodynamic device, a Red Bull seemingly with driver adjustable ride height, a Senna officially back in F1 – and Michael Schumacher looking as thunderous as we’ve ever seen him, having been soundly trounced by his team mate in the opening session.

Oh yes, and a Force India at the hands of Adrian Sutil faster than the lot of them – although to be honest the times at such an early stage mean not a lot; none of the teams has yet used the soft tyre, no one has any accurate idea how much fuel each team/driver has been running, and the circuit, like the beautiful but rather slow looking new Lotus, is still, as they say, very green.

Full report of first practice from Bahrain

Autocar's 2010 F1 guide

Forget the Schuey v Rosberg showdown, that’s just a headline grabber (although Michael did look genuinely cheesed off when he climbed out of the car). The key story is the new scoop that’s appeared o the side of the McLarens.