I can still remember the buzz I had coming back from Donington in 1993. A lifelong sports enthusiast, I knew I'd seen something special that day. In truth, when you are fortunate enough to be able to attend most Grands Prix, with access to timing data, Ayrton Senna made you feel that way many times, irrespective of dominant victory or stunning performance in a car that couldn't win.
He had an instant feel for grip level and, when it rained, would be at the limit of track conditions within a lap, while others would take four or five. Many times it would translate into a 15-20s advantage over five or so laps. Michael Schumacher was the same, Barcelona '96 being one of the best examples. Yes, he might have had a spare car set up for the rain but that kind of talent is still awesome to behold.
Following the nuances of a changing-conditions race like Silverstone live, is nigh on impossible. Only when you sit down at length with race history charts and timing information does the true picture begin to emerge.
Lewis Hamilton leads down the front straight at Silverstone © LAT
I've heard people accuse Bernie Ecclestone of deliberately scheduling the British GP on the same day as the Wimbledon men's singles final just to give Silverstone a hard time. Whether there's any truth in that, I don't know, but it's certainly not great if you are an F1 reporter and a tennis fan. When Federer scraped the third set tie-break I phoned home and asked my other half to press the Sky+ record button.