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.
Silverstone has asked up to 30,000 race fans with public car parking not to come to the track on Saturday as Jenson Button warned that Sunday's British Grand Prix could be called off if the awful weather conditions persist.
We knew Mercedes were ahead of the field but after three testing sessions everyone’s fears were more than realised – they are way ahead.
Is there an art to watching something like the Daytona 500?
McLaren have admitted they may not have a competitive car until May – even though the Formula One season starts in Melbourne on March 15.