The city backdrop with the action played out under the lights is simply stunning, while the storyline - the "crash-gate" saga with Renault at the centre of the storm - has been equally captivating.
The world has been gripped, shocked, appalled and fascinated by the scandal, with headlines saying it was the worst tale of cheating in F1 and that the sport is losing touch with its fans.
The image of the weekend so far has to be of Romain Grosjean crashing his Renault during practice at the same corner, Turn 17, where Nelson Piquet deliberately crashed 12 months ago. You just couldn't make it up.
As for the race itself, well, the omens suggest that the battle on the track will also live up to the slogan given that the top 15 cars were covered by 1.3 seconds in the second session of practice.