It was a seismic weekend for Formula 1 at Monza, the grandest grand prix circuit of them all.

First we learned that Williams driver Felipe Massa, a wonderful servant of the sport and a warrior to boot, was set to hang up both of his at the year’s end.

Then we found out on Saturday that Jenson Button, one of Britain’s greatest drivers, may well be following the diminutive Brazilian on to that deck-chaired balcony reserved for retired F1 types. Then it emerged that that the guy that provides the ship on which they all sail, Bernie Ecclestone, might be joining them.