I don't often feel sorry for anyone in Formula One, but I did on Sunday and that person was Ron Dennis. A drain cover saw the end of his dream of McLaren and Mercedes claiming their first Constructors' World Championship since 1998 and in the age of technical excellence in this sport it was just not acceptable.
I was impressed the designer of the Shanghai circuit - one of the best in the world - stood up and was counted. Herman Tilke admitted someone had forgotten to lock down the drain cover with the key that was provided for this purpose. Not much comfort here for Ron, who had seen Juan Pablo Montoya run over this and destroy his car, his race and his boss' hopes and dreams. Recently F1 had gained its sparkle back, but on Sunday there were some red faces from people who should know better.
I am not sure who will take the wrap for the drain cover. It may be some poor Chinese person who up to a short while ago never expected to be given such a responsibility. Then again it may be the person given the task of the final check of the circuit before the 20 drivers were let loose. However, this is not the only person with a red face after this race.
Mr Drain Cover Locker stand up and be counted alongside Christijan Albers, Narain Karthikeyan, Michael Schumacher and Giancarlo Fisichella - you are in good company. Before the race even got under way there was the most bizarre crash between Albers and Schumacher on the way to the grid. It was a racing accident between one of the greatest drivers of all time and one of the least experienced.