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.