Perhaps there is a danger of reading too much into the events that take place in Singapore this weekend, for, whatever the result, it seems inevitable that Sebastian Vettel will be crowned champion at the end of this year.
Returning to a track which should suit Mercedes means, despite Grands Prix at Red Bull Racing's traditionallly weaker circuits of Spa and Monza, Lewis Hamilton will have his best chance to challenge for victory since his Hungarian Grand Prix success before the summer break.
It remains to be seen whether it was merely the back-to-back low-downforce circuits that aided Fernando Alonso to second place in Belgium and Italy, and there are also question marks over Lotus after Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean failed to impress in either Grands Prix after such a promising pre-summer showing.
In the nether regions of the grid, Daniel Ricciardo continues to garner attention, particularly after Vettel—as reported by Autosport—said Red Bull will still be expected to fight for team glory next year. But perhaps the most significant battle at the tail-end is Caterham versus Marussia.
Could this be the weekend Charles Pic or Giedo van der Garde match their rival's 13th-place finish and claim the all-important 10th spot?