Most people will agree that the Spanish GP was not a classic, but then we have been spoiled this year by a run of entertaining races. And Barcelona races are invariably by nature boring, a fact made obvious on Sunday morning. Despite the reversed top eight for their sprint event, even the usually spectacular GP2 boys could only muster a dull procession.
But that didn't make the main event any less stressful for its participants, and at least until the second round of pitstops were out of the way, there was a pretty interesting race underway. In fact, any contest involving Messrs Alonso and Schumacher - and it seems clear by now that they are fighting for the title - has to be worth watching.
Even Renault's director of engineering Pat Symonds admitted he was surprised by the apparent ease of the victory: "I honestly didn't think we were going to win it, when I looked at yesterday. The tyres worked really well, the car was quick, and it was won on speed, not on strategy."