The sodden Paulista crowd made its feelings emphatically clear. As the red flag flew for the second time, after a period of 'racing' comprising just eight laps, all behind the safety car, they booed and gave the thumbs down. When things eventually resumed again, almost an hour-and-a-half after the race had started under the safety car, they had seen a grand total of five racing laps and a few accidents.
But while it took time to get going, they were rewarded with a chaotic race crowned by a virtuoso victory from Lewis Hamilton. They might not have appreciated the Mercedes driver leading from start to finish, and if you dig into the details his pace was more scintillating even than it appeared, but they certainly would have given their approval to his attitude.
"The track is fine," complained leader Hamilton, in desperate need of a full-points victory to boost his title chances, over the radio when the second red flag came. "It's not even wet now, I don't know why we are stopping," he added shortly after.