Heading to a brand new circuit means drivers get a fresh set of surroundings, and can participate in a lot of new local traditions. Rather than visiting the koala bears at the zoo like they do in Australia, or wearing ten gallon hats in the USA, this time it was all about weaving carpets. As you do. Also this week, points for sharing cute baby pictures and for getting feisty in the press conference.
The European Grand Prix returned to the calendar with the Baku streets playing host to 51 long laps completed by all drivers without any major chaos or incidents. Unlike predictions, there wasn't a single safety car period during the race, and it was mostly clean with just technical related retirements.
New races introduced to the F1 calendar of late have all had their own small controversies, and Baku is no different. The track itself however, looks to offer up a unique combination of challenges - intensely long straights, narrow streets, some incredibly twisting sections and a temporary road surface. It's going to be an unusual and difficult weekend for the drivers, which means we get to enjoy seeing them out of their comfort zone.
The drivers love the Canadian Grand Prix, and their happiness was clear to see from the social media interactions. This week, there are points awarded for taking the tourist route around Montreal, laughing and joking about the Canadian wildlife on camera and also via a track map, as well as meeting your heroes.
The championship battle is hotting up and with the always dramatic Canadian Grand Prix around the corner, Joe Saward drops a new mic into the F1 discussion. On the agenda today, we talk about a very big deal in Montreal and the polite way to handle an embargo, an FIA licence for everyone, plus driver lock-in clauses and why the market currently depends on Räikkönen.
There's a lot to prove heading into this weekend's race in Montreal. We've been waiting to see what the real pecking order is, and after the anomaly that was Monaco, Canada may be able to offer some more concrete evidence. We're entering an intense period of F1 racing, with six races across the next eight weeks, so there's a lot of work to be done and plenty of scores to settle.
After a surprisingly quiet post-Monaco period, the boys are gearing up for another event, this time in Canada. With a brief stint at home, we've been given some more behind the scenes glimpses of life as an F1 driver, including the ever-increasing competition between the Mercedes duo over who can do the most insane training.
The Monaco race weekend is often met with mixed reviews - the racing can sometimes be less than stellar, but there's a lot to look at around the principality along the way and there is always, always some kind of drama to talk about. With that in mind, the 2016 season winds its way towards Monte Carlo ready for the sixth race. The tricky street circuit awaits!