Barcelona has traditionally produced afternoons of tedium, and it was particularly disappointing that the move to the new chicane hadn't done much to spice up the show. Especially as it robbed us of a corner that, while not quite an Eau Rouge or a 130R, was nevertheless pretty spectacular. But while last weekend's race itself was hardly enthralling at the front, there was plenty going on up and down the field.
Inevitably Lewis Hamilton's move into a clear world championship lead was the major talking point, but it unfairly took the attention off another great performance from Felipe Massa. The Brazilian became the first of the title contenders to take a second 2007 win, while his pole position was his third of the season - remember he was thwarted by technical problems in the first race - and counting last year, it was his fifth in the last six races.
Once again he had the edge over Kimi Raikkonen, and significantly that came after the Finn had been boosted by a good test at Barcelona. It's taken the Finn a while to get comfortable with the team, with the car, and with the tyres, and it was felt that he had made a big step forward at the test.