Ryanair check-ins are hardly the most glamorous of travel experiences, but the departure lounge at Bergamo airport on Sunday night after the Italian GP was very much like an F1 paddock, with Ross Brawn, Nick Fry and the rest of the Brawn GP squad heading home to Luton in what we love to call, if not experience, ‘down the back of the bus.’

Anthony Hamilton, Lewis’s dad, was also there along with some of the BBC F1 commentary team, so there was plenty of chat and gossip about the Barrichello-Button one-two at the autodrome and Lewis’s last lap shunt, when he pressed a touch too hard almost within sight of the chequered flag.

Italian Grand Prix report

It may be coming up to three years since Ross left Ferrari, but he’s still a great star in Italy and there was an endless queue of adoring fans coming up to be photographed with him, including one young lady who bought her bouncing baby to be snapped in the arms of the former Maranello technical director!

Ferrari may have had a bit of a bum day with the Kimster trailing home an outpaced third in the team’s home race, but I just love the unbridled five-star passion which the Italians focus on their cars and their motor racing.