Formula 1's first foray to the base continent of Liberty Media since the NASDAQ-listed entity acquired control of the Formula One Group - and consequently the championship's commercial rights - in January is best compared to the curate's egg: exceedingly good in parts, not bad in others, but adequate overall. A teacher's verdict would have placed a fat tick firmly in the "good potential, but must try harder" box.
Let us first dispense with the 'good': For most F1 folk (and fans) it was an utter pleasure to play to full stands even on Friday, to observe highly enthusiastic (and knowledgeable) crowds basking in sunshine in a city that usually attracts lashings of rain in June. The promoter reported record crowds, and few would dispute those claims.
The return of F1's raft race proved a highlight of the weekend, even if long-standing media members puzzled over when last the event was staged. A consensus eventually pointed to 1997 on the simple premise that Bernie Ecclestone kept his enthusiasm for fun-filled antics well under control, and his acquisition of F1's rights was effective from '98.