The British Grand Prix of 2006 will be remembered as the race which promised so much excitement, the prototypical 'battle of the giants', but which ultimately failed to deliver anything truly memorable for the fans.
Fernando Alonso (Renault) closely leads Kimi Raikkonen (McLaren) and Michael Schumacher (Ferrari) early in the race © XPB/LAT
In recent years, Silverstone has been the scene of some thrilling and hard-fought wins, not least for Ferrari's Rubens Barrichello in 2003. Saturday qualifying promised another close-fought Silverstone classic, with the three top drivers in the field - Renault's Fernando Alonso, Ferrari's Michael Schumacher and McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen - dutifully outpacing their teammates to snag the choice starting spots on the grid.
With none of the three major protagonists handicapped behind slower cars down the grid, and with the viable opportunities for overtaking at the pancake-flat former airfield, surely the season would come alive via a titanic wheel to wheel struggle among the big three?
After just a few laps of the race on Sunday, those hopes had evaporated. Once Alonso had established himself in the lead, it was clear that he could turn up the wick at will. The race's only highlight was Michael Schumacher's trademark and superbly timed spurt on new tyres to leapfrog Raikkonen into second place for a well-deserved eight points.