The European Grand Prix at Valencia might not have been the most absorbing of races, but the harbour front circuit was a testament to the city’s great organisational skills and the result underscored just what a complete performer Felipe Massa has become.

The Brazilian never putting a wheel wrong in his Ferrari F2008, coming home just over five seconds ahead of Lewis Hamilton’s charging McLaren.

So can Massa finish the job and close down Hamilton’s present six point lead? Doing so would make him the fourth Brazilian world champion, and put him into some very distinguished company - Emerson Fittipaldi, Nelson Piquet and Ayrton Senna.

Well, with the patriotic caveat that I think that at the end of the day Lewis will just squeeze home, I certainly wouldn’t bet too much against Felipe.

Yet if Massa has been the revelation of the season so far, I’d have to say that his team-mate and current title holder Kimi Raikkonen has been the most erratic – and baffling – disappointment of 2008.

Raikkonen has now had three poor races in succession and for some unfathomable reason seems to be finding it very difficult to get the best out of the current generation of Bridgestone tyres in qualifying.