Despite the months and months of planning and preparation it was fog which dictated our 2012 start time.
But, once the mist had cleared, the plane had landed and the final piece of the RB8 delivered, Adrian Newey was able to consider what he calls the 'great-grandson' of his 2009 design.
Mark was our first driver to take the car on its debut and, after 54 laps, recorded the fourth fastest time of the day. So, did our Chief Technical Officer think it had all gone smoothly, were there any problems?
“Too early to tell,” said Newey. “Nothing major so far - it's just getting out and getting round. Very early days, we've just done a few laps, trying to get out and learn about it really.
Adrian also was asked about the team's expectations for the year ahead, and of speculation about his own future.
“We never go into a season having expectations – that's our philosophy as always. We just do the best job we can over the winter and see where that gets us too. We know what we've done, we don't know what everybody else has done.”
And, as for his own future, Adrian's more than happy in Milton Keynes. We're like family.
“To be perfectly honest I can't see myself going anywhere else. I've been part of the team from very early on, I feel very central and part of it and proud really that we've managed to get from where we started to where we are today. That in itself brings a huge amount of satisfaction.
“And there's a kind of a slightly paternal feeling of wanting that to carry on and now to leave for another team - it would almost be like walking out on my children.”