Fresh from rediscovering some form on his last outing in Korea just under a fortnight ago, Lewis Hamilton blazed a trail at the end of first practice ahead of Sunday's inaugural Indian Grand Prix.
Overall, it proved to be an entertaining session, kickstarted by two mongrel dogs that found their way onto the Buddh International Circuit, situated 35 kilometres south east of New Delhi.
The first did so 10 minutes prior to F1 history being made in this part of the world at a venue that is part of a £250million sporting complex, and was eventually rounded up on the pit straight.
The second was more dangerous, coming five minutes after the session had started and just as a handful of cars were completing their installation laps, bringing out the red flag.
Thankfully there was no repeat of an incident three years ago in a GP2 race in Turkey when Bruno Senna ran over a dog that had found its way onto the Istanbul track, killing it instantly.
Once the session re-started five minutes after the dog had been caught, times naturally tumbled as drivers found the limits of the 5.137km circuit that was obviously dusty and slippery.
Come the conclusion, it was Hamilton who blasted his way to the top in his McLaren with his final timed lap of one minute 26.836secs.
That represented a near-27 second improvement on the opening lap time set by Lotus' Indian reserve driver Karun Chandhok.
Although Lotus have let themselves down badly by opting not to run Chandhok in the car throughout the entire weekend, Chandhok can at least console himself with the fact that on home soil he was the first driver to set a time on the new track.
Chandhok, deputising for Heikki Kovalainen for first practice only, eventually finished 19th, 5.6secs behind Hamilton, while compatriot Narain Karthikeyan was 22nd for Hispania, 7.2secs adrift.
Hamilton, sporting an image of Bob Marley on the top of his helmet and the words 'One Love', ultimately deposed double world champion Sebastian Vettel down to second on the timesheet, and by over half a second.
Vettel's Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber, still searching for his first victory this year, was forced to settle for third, just 12 hundredths of a second behind the 24-year-old German.
As for the rest of the field, led by Jenson Button in his McLaren, they were a considerable distance off the pace, with the Briton 1.558secs down.
Mercedes duo Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg were fifth and sixth in the standings, followed by Felipe Massa in his Ferrari.
As for team-mate Fernando Alonso, the session was a frustrating one that ended after just four laps due to an engine issue that saw the Spaniard prop up the timesheet.
Representing Force India in front of the team's fans, Paul di Resta finished 11th, 2.8secs behind Hamilton and a surprising second off team-mate Adrian Sutil who was eighth quickest.
Alongside Alonso there were two other casualties in Toro Rosso's Jaime Alguersuari, who went backwards into a barrier, and Pastor Maldonado in his Williams as he also spun out.