The Formula 1 season is upon us. I tend to watch more out of professional curiosity than for personal pleasure these days. 

Last week, F1 bosses acknowledged that the season-opener in Australia was perhaps not as exciting as it could have been. A statistic I saw online suggested that the past two Melbourne grands prix have elicited not much more than half a dozen overtakes between them. Perhaps the Albert Park street circuit, some have suggested, ought to be modified to allow easier overtaking.

F1 2018: Vettel holds off Bottas for Bahrain win

It definitely shouldn’t be. During the first GP weekend of 2018 the circuit also hosted no fewer than four rounds of the Australian Supercars series. Sorry if this is my pet subject, but watching antipodean touring cars online is the best £30 I spend each year. And in the final race in Melbourne, a 15-lap sprint, one driver – Shane van Gisbergen, who had a poor qualifying session and started 26th on the grid – managed to pass 13 cars in about 10 laps. Yet the rest of the action was sufficiently exciting that there was barely a chance to see his overtakes. So it’s probably not the fault of the circuit, after all.