Sadly, on a day there were so many positives, the (mainly British) media focussed on the negative, real or perceived.
On a day Sebastian Vettel demonstrated that Ferrari really is (almost) back in the game, when Marcus Ericsson made it out of Q1 for the first time in his (admittedly brief) F1 career, when Max Verstappen, in just his second race, equalled the best qualifying result achieved by his father Jos in 106 Grands Prix and also secured the best starting position by a teenager since Ricardo Rodriguez at Monza in 1961, the (mainly British) media focussed on a perceived spat between the Mercedes teammates, once again trying to build up the sort of jingoistic nonsense that belongs in Allo, Allo and Dad's Army.
Rather than trying to drive a wedge between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, if the (mainly British) media had focussed on the increasingly confusing saga that is Crashgate2, we could have understood. But sadly, not for the first time, it has opted for the easy option, bash Johnny Foreigner.
It's funny, but another thing we noticed yesterday was the praise for the Sepang circuit and its creator Hermann Tilke. Funny but we always thought that, other than Istanbul, his tracks were dire and weren't suitable, indeed prevented, real racing, but what do we know.
The mixed conditions in qualifying mean we have an interesting grid, and while there is no sign of rain at present we all know how quickly that can change.
Furthermore, in the wake of last year's tragedy at Suzuka, and mindful of the traditional weather patterns here, the race is an hour earlier than last year, and though we might still see rain there is also the problem caused by the higher temperatures encountered in the earlier start.
As expected the Silver Arrows are at the front, however, they are split by Sebastian Vettel, the German looking a lot happier than he did at this stage last year. Sadly, poor strategy from the Italian team leaves his teammate Kimi Raikkonen languishing in eleventh, although now he will start from the fifth row after Romain Grosjean's penalty.
That said, on Friday the red cars looked very strong on their longer runs in similar temperatures. Therefore, whilst most are contemplating three, possibly even four, stops, some believe the Maranello drivers could opt for just two.
Red Bull will hardly believe its luck, what with Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat starting fourth and fifth, however, we know its race pace isn't good and other than the intervention of the weather gods or some serious mistakes or reliability issues elsewhere, they will be fortunate to finish in the same positions.
Toro Rosso continues to improve and while Carlos Sainz made a mistake which meant he was unable to post a strong time before the rain hit, we fully expect him to get the STR10 into the points by the end of the afternoon.
Of course, the incredible Verstappen is getting all the media attention, and rightly so, his is clearly a special talent, but Sainz is also someone to keep an eye on.
Quite what Williams was doing in terms of its tyre choice in Q3 is a mystery to us all, and even when on the correct (new inter) rubber the FW37 wasn't impressive. Clearly, not only has the Grove outfit failed to pick up where it left off in Abu Dhabi 2014, it has been leapfrogged by Ferrari.
Another strong performance from Sauber, and how interesting to note, given certain issues in Melbourne, Peter Sauber is present, as he was in Australia. The C34 is an obvious improvement on its predecessor, not forgetting the improvements made by Ferrari, whilst Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr are doing all that can be expected in the cockpit.
It's disappointing to see Grosjean lose two positions for a silly mistake in Q2, the Frenchman naturally eager to get out as soon as possible, however, the Enstone outfit look quietly confident. All we can hope is that Romain and Pastor Maldonado can survive the first lap unlike Melbourne.
Force India has made it clear that we will not see any serious progress until later in the season, so in the meantime Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez will look to profit from the mistakes of others, no doubt hoping that the weather gods do play a part in today's race.
Ignoring the saga that is Crashgate2, McLaren is taking - or rather it is having to take - the 'softly, softly catchee monkey' approach. Like Ron Dennis, we have every reason to believe that things will improve, though not by the start of the European season, however, what really confuses us is Fernando Alonso's attitude, this new found positivity, loyalty and faith. Has he been cloned, does he still believe it is 1995? Anyway, like Force India, the Woking outfit will be looking for damage limitation today, maximum damage limitation.
Following the debacle of Melbourne, it's all systems go for Manor, and while Will Stevens was unable to post a time in qualifying and teammate Roberto Merhi was outside the 107% cut-off in Q1, both drivers have been given the all-clear to run.
However, less than an hour before the start of the race the team announced that "as we have not been able to get on top of the fuel system problem from yesterday, Will is unable to start today's race".
Nonetheless, the team, particularly its drivers, face a long, hot afternoon... and many more long afternoons.