The British Racing Drivers’ Club, the owners of Silverstone, must have collapsed into a collective heap with relief and satisfaction on Monday morning after a brilliant three day British Grand Prix programme came to an end.
The torrential rain even held off just long enough for 154,000 race fans to have enjoyed three days of superb high-octane entertainment under a sweltering summer sun.
It was a magnificent way in which to launch the revised Silverstone circuit layout. While there is only limited evidence to suggest the new configuration is going to offer much in the way of enhanced overtaking, as a venue to make the mind boggle at the sheer straight line speed of the contemporary F1 car, the Northamptonshire track is now better than ever.
Moreover, if we couldn’t have had a British winner, at least the Buckinghamshire-resident and ‘honorary Brit’ put away the opposition for the Red Bull team.
Mark Webber was certainly kept on his toes all the way by Lewis Hamilton’s McLaren, which came home in a great second place.
McLaren, of course, were very much playing catch-up in the race with Jenson Button who had complained his car felt “undriveable” during qualifying after the new rear end with the revised blown-diffuser had been shelved after an unproductive run in Friday free practice.
Jenson could only qualify 14th as a result – ten places behind Lewis – but he dug deep when it came to the race and delivered a characteristically top-drawer performance.
"It's hard to overtake around here, so I knew I had to make up a lot of places off the start-line,” said Button after finishing fourth. In the event I made up six places, but I then had to push really hard on the Option tyre in the first stint.
"That strategy worked for us and I came out behind Fernando, who had a drive-through, so I picked up fourth."
The reigning world champion admitted, however, that it was a shame he had not been able to overtake Nico Rosberg for a place on the podium.
"It's a pity I couldn't get onto the podium in front of my home crowd, who have been absolutely amazing all weekend," he added.
"You can never forget the fans around here - I genuinely think they helped Lewis and me to a good result today. And they got to see and cheer Lewis on the podium too, so it's not been a bad weekend for them overall, I hope.”
A generous-spirited man indeed.