Television cameras cutting to a car on its side, right up against the barrier at Portier certainly woke us up from a rather processional first part of the Monaco GP.

Wehrlein was battling with Button, both a few laps down at the time, when the McLaren went for a move up the inside.

It was never going to work, really, and Button’s left-front tagged Wehrlein’s right-rear wheel. That pre-race message from Fernando Alonso clearly didn’t bring Button luck.

That pitched Wehrlein’s car onto its left-hand side and it went right into the barrier, coming to rest with the cockpit buried in the wall.

It was a bizarre accident but thankfully Wehrlein radioed in to say he was OK, just frustrated he couldn’t hop right out.

Once the car was back on all four wheels, on the ground, he was able to jump out and head back to the pits. The crash brought out the safety car.