Adrian Newey missed Sebastian Vettel's win for Toro Rosso in Monza last year, and he was absent too when the German triumphed in the wet in Shanghai in April. But at Silverstone he was finally able to see a dark blue car cross the line first as Vettel and Mark Webber recorded a fabulous one-two, just down the road from the Red Bull Racing factory.
Newey has been involved in a lot of grands prix wins over the years, and there have been many at his home track. But this one was important, he admitted, and the emotion was clear to see.
"It is very special to have done it having been involved with this team from very early on," he smiled, "and got it to where we managed to get it to today. I think the circuit was always going to suit us, and hopefully the modifications we did to the car - the new nose and floor - brought a bit extra.
"It's difficult to know how much was circuit specific. I imagine Brawn GP were having tyre warm-up problems and that's why they weren't as strong as you'd normally expect them to be. Sebastian was completely flawless. Obviously Mark was stuck behind Rubens, and that kind of gave Sebastian a relatively clean run."