Was jolly glad that I wasn’t in Shanghai to watch the Chinese Grand Prix – not because of the weather, or the fact that Lewis Hamilton missed out on the title (for now, hopefully), but because the grandstands seemed so darn far away from the track itself.

Sheesh, you’d have needed binoculars to determine if cars were running wide, or nailing an apex, or overtaking each other.

I’m all for safety, but if the side-effect of having asphalt run-off areas is to move the fans half a mile away from the action they’ve paid good money to see, I'm not so sure F1's going about ensuring it in the right way.

Oh, and it makes the cars look rubbish on television, too. Hasn’t anyone told Bernie Ecclestone that perceived speed is most of the battle on the small screen?