I had spent most of the weekend in Spa-Francorchamps wondering just why the Formula One season had not come alive. The paddock, just like it had been for the past five or six races, had very little buzz.
Such quietness is typical during the mid-season grind from Magny-Cours through to Hockenheim. When it continued in Hungary I just put it down to everyone in F1 being demob happy about the looming summer break. But things did not pick up in Valencia - and then Spa was exactly the same thing.
Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton © LAT
The paddock's calmness has not mirrored what was going on on-track - where we have had a fantastic title battle, the likes of which have not been seen since the mid-1980s. So why, when things are so good and so close on it, was it so quiet off it?
My conclusion was that the drivers these days are too cautious in venting their true feelings - in public at least.