It was all looking positive from the very good plane smoke display put on by the race host. There was nothing big at the start, which I didn't mind for once. At least we didn't know the outcome of the race/championship by Lap 2.
Mercedes were playing it very cautious, giving the audience some worries during their very long first pit stops. I say very long, 3.6 seconds for Hamilton on Lap 7 and 4.8 seconds for Rosberg on Lap 9. Also - first pit stops on Lap 7!
Button showed the world why he's quitting F1 with his steering failure on Lap 12. He sounded relieved. And drunk during his post-race interview.
There was a lot of (unnecessary) tyre chat during the race. When did Karun Chandok become an expert? I'm not sure I believe anything he says.
On Lap 17, Kvyat showed us where his career is going when he got on his bike to go back to the pits.
It started to get a bit racy by Lap 20, everything was crossed that Verstappen wouldn't do anything silly when Rosberg went for the overtake. Anytime Verstappen got in the mix, you were put on the edge.
I then have no notes until Lap 44, when Vettel became an "imminent threat". The stewards finally got involved in the race on the next lap with Palmer.
We saw inside the Mercedes ICT support room a couple of time during the race. I'm not sure what this added to our viewing pleasure. The atmosphere was as electric as a Tuesday afternoon at the Hymans Robertson office.
As ever, there was a little something thrown in for the conspiracy theorists. Was "41.5" a code for Hamilton?
It was a great end to a race and a season. When Vettel overtook Verstappen on Lap 51 there were some tense laps. Put out to Pastor commented on that the "reign of terror is over". The Channel 4 coverage was so different from the BBC, there was no fawning and it did seem to reveal that perhaps Rosberg is the drivers' choice of driver. Then there were lots of doughnuts.
This led to lots of lovely moments. The coverage of the mums was nice. How normal is Mama Hamilton (where was Dad?)? I can't imagine her sitting down to a roast with Sh*tsinger. Rosberg did get his anthem on the podium, thanks to the skewed nationality rules. Rob Smedley had brought his family to the race, very cute.
Then Hamilton trotted out his spiel about how good the crowd is at this track.
Coulthard promised us "faster, wider, louder cars" next year. I think I have finally cracked this Fantasy F1 lark, after decades of trying. Crack open the rose water.