Four separate race winners, four different constructors on the top of the podium and no one driver managing to hold the championship lead for more than one grand prix weekend.
Formula One teams headed back to Europe yesterday after the opening long-haul phase of the championship in Asia and the Middle East with plenty to mull over and the next race winner, let alone the ultimate destination of both titles, anyone's guess.
"It's a much more interesting championship right now than I would like it to be, it really is," observed McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh after Sunday's controversial Bahrain Grand Prix.
Last month, it had looked like McLaren could be on for a year of Red Bull-like dominance.
Lewis Hamilton started the first two races on pole with McLaren teammate Jenson Button completing the front-row sweep in Australia and Malaysia.
Button won the opener in Melbourne but rain-hit Malaysia was a race against all the odds, won by Ferrari's Fernando Alonso in a car that everyone thought was off the pace but that was good enough to make the Spaniard overall leader.
Then, in China, Mercedes swept the front row, thanks to a grid penalty for Hamilton, and Nico Rosberg took the first win by a works Silver Arrow since 1955. Hamilton, still without a victory, was championship No. 1.
In Bahrain, a race held against a backdrop of nightly clashes between police and anti-government protesters with tear gas and petrol bombs, world champion Sebastian Vettel won for Red Bull and toppled Hamilton.
For the first time since 2003, no one driver has managed to take a repeat victory in the opening four races while new faces have emerged.
The sport has witnessed Rosberg's first win in 111 starts, Sergio Perez taking the first podium finish by a Mexican in 41 years and Romain Grosjean putting France back in the top three for the first time since Jean Alesi in 1998.
The one constant, apart from Red Bull's Mark Webber racking up four fourth places in a row, has been the influence of the Pirelli tires on proceedings.