Red Bull arrive at the scene this week where last year the supremacy finally began to take shape following a race and a championship nobody could have foreseen with the then 'outsider' Sebastian Vettel snatching the F1 crown at the Yas Marina Circuit from everyone's grasp.
This year the Milton Keynes-based team head to Abu Dhabi a million miles away from the situation they found themselves in last year with both championships successfully under lock and key for another season, but Vettel and team-mate Mark Webber arrive no less motivated as providing a solid base for 2012 is as ever, imperative.
The world champion team will, however, have their work cut out on a circuit with long straights and low speed corners which should in theory suit the McLaren's mechanical grip and top end speed.
Vettel, obviously, is looking forward to arriving at a track unique in its features and which has been special to him after winning both races it has staged.
“The track in Abu Dhabi is special – this will be our third Grand Prix there. The race starts at dusk and finishes at night, which means we have to drive with special helmet visors because of the different light conditions,” he said.
“There are two special features - one is the passage under the Yas Hotel, where else can you actually drive under your room!
“The second is the pit lane exit, which is also special. It's partly underground and it feels like you're coming out of an underground parking garage when you drive through it,” added the double F1 world champion.
For Webber meanwhile, the Yas Marina Circuit has contrasting memories - from the highs of helping Red Bull clinch a one-two in 2009 to dramatically losing the drivers' title their last year.
Despite this though, the feisty Aussie is still looking forward to the weekend's event, the penultimate round in the F1 2011 World Championship.
“Although it's not one of the most challenging venues of the season, with every real corner being second and third gear, it's always a great spectacle. It's a twilight race, so it looks amazing on TV,” he continued.
“It's another great opportunity for the team to get a very good result as the season comes to a close.
“The sun is always shining and the conditions are always beautiful, so that's something to look forward to,” he concluded.
by Simon Evans