It isn’t immediately apparent how a wily Swedish rally driver’s slidey ascent up the side of a treacherous Coloradan mountain pass can be faintly traced back to the author of the fabled ‘Declaration of Independence’, but such a connection exists. Kind of.
It could only happen at Spa. Rain, sun and even some hail, all in the space of one day. A day that marked the return of competitive Formula One to our screens, and a day that marked a return to, well, business as usual.
Formula One’s ringmaster Bernie Ecclestone called an emergency meeting with the team principals minutes before qualifying for the Hungarian GP began on Saturday lunchtime. With television viewing figures waning – in some territories at least – and disappointing box office last time out at Hockenheim, Bernie is officially worried.