On-track, it was an absolutely perfect weekend for McLaren. From Friday afternoon onwards, Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton completely dominated proceedings, with Alonso always looking set for pole and victory.
To add to their satisfaction, Felipe Massa retired early, and although Kimi Raikkonen got up to second thanks to a canny strategy, Hamilton wasted no time in surging back past him with a superb out-braking move. The result virtually guaranteed that Ferrari cannot beat McLaren to this year's titles - court hearings permitting. And it all happened on Ferrari's home ground.
But off-track, the pressure kept mounting on McLaren. First the revelation that the new evidence that prompted next week's World Motor Sport Council hearing into the spy scandal was prompted by emails between McLaren's own drivers.