Lewis Hamilton says that the lack of a dominant driver or team so far in 2012 is making the current season one of the most enjoyable yet - and that it also gives him a great chance to claim his second world championship.
"There is a lot of pressure on all the teams, especially as we have this very close season so far," said the 2008 world champion.
"For me, all of this is a pleasant situation," Hamilton insisted at Barcelona this week. "This is exactly what we want - rather than two teams dominating and then having a chunk in the middle and one at the back. Fact is that it was not too easy during the last races to overtake a Williams or a Sauber.
"It is a very, very close season - you do not know whereabouts you lie," he added. "There have been some interesting wins this year already, but this is exactly how the season is going to be and hopefully it will become one of the most exciting ones also for the fans."
But Hamilton has not been one of the four different winners in the first four races of the season, and is hoping that will change soon - maybe even this weekend.
"I hope I can make it one for me, that's for sure," he said. "Here you have to be quick throughout the race. Generally we are quick in qualifying, and we need to keep this pace also for the race."
The return to Europe means that teams have been reunited with their factory staff back at headquarters, and the opportunity to roll out some more ambitious upgrades than they have been able to do over long distance while at the flyaway races in Asia and the Middle East.
"It is going to be interesting to see who has done better homework," said Hamilton. "The Ferraris may have brought a big update package for this race, which could give them a big step forward, but then again everyone could bring some very good updates."
Many of those upgrades have already been tried out at Mugello in a rare mid-season test session allowed by the FIA. Although Hamilton himself did not attend the tests, he was sure that they had helped McLaren with its overall technical progress.