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It’s hard to imagine a heavier crash back down to earth than that which the Mercedes chief has suffered this week. How, then, have Mercedes gone from cloud nine to the depths of despair in just one week? And the proof was in the pudding as Hamilton crossed the line in 16th and 14th across both practice sessions, while Russell got his car up to fifth. Pushed on why Mercedes were so far off the pace, Hamilton said: ‘It’s figuring out what is wrong. On a weekend where Red Bull wrapped up the constructors’ championship, this, from Hamilton, perfectly encapsulates why the Brackley bunch are behind their rivals.

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