At the start of the Formula One season McLaren's new car represented both the beauty and the beast.
After two days of apocalyptic, thunderous skies, lashings of rain and the associated mud, traffic and parking problems, Silverstone had braced itself for a final onslaught on Sunday.
Mark Webber won the British Grand Prix, bringing back memories of his famous victory here in 2010. "Not bad for a number two driver," Webber said, after Red Bull had appeared to show favouritism to Sebastian Vettel.
The organisers of the British Grand Prix have encouraged all fans to turn up for Sunday's race, after extremely heavy rainfall over the preceding days during practice and qualifying had threatened the ability of the circuit at Silverstone to cope with the arrival of, and specifically the car parking for, fans.
Frank Williams talks so softly, and with such biting honesty and humour, that it feels imperative to sit so close to him that his hands involuntarily brush mine when he becomes animated.
The great British summer continued service as normal at Silverstone as the lowering clouds that had glowered ominously all morning let loose with a downpour during qualifying.
In the true spirit of Basil Fawlty, Silverstone conveys the distinct impression that it could run a fantastic grand prix if it wasn't for pesky customers getting in the way.
In the noisiest of sports has come the quietest of coronations. It has been as silent as a nod of assent, a tap on the nose and a knowing half-smile. Formula One has staged just eight of its 20 races this season but in the paddock, the champion driver has already been acclaimed; he is Fernando Alonso.
As Formula One completes its opening flyaway rounds and enters a short break before the next race in Barcelona on 10 May, Lewis Hamilton – who has won three of the four races thus far – believes his car has even greater potential than last year, when he won the world championship for the second time.
Lewis Hamilton, clearly jubilant after his win in Bahrain, his third of the season and one concluded after a weekend in which the threat from Ferrari was expected to push his team to the limit, revealed after the race that he was happy just to have made the chequered flag in front.
Pat Symonds is no stranger to making a little go a long way.