Those watching qualifying closely will have noticed that Marcus Ericsson wasn’t competing. (Yeah, you probably only just realised didn’t you?) That was after the Sauber driver suffered a huge crash Stowe corner during Free Practice 3, a crash so hard it ripped the steering wheel straight from the cockpit.

Not the greatest news for a team who are well known to be struggling financially right now.

“It was obviously a huge accident – I went a bit too wide on the kerb in Turn 15 and touched the grass, which was a bit wet,” said Ericsson. “I lost the car and this was followed by a big impact with the barriers.

“I went to the medical centre, but, because of the impact, they wanted to send me to hospital. Many check-ups have been done and things are looking good. I am feeling a bit sore, but everything else is ok.”

The Swede was taken to hospital after his big shunt for routine examinations but it will be up to the FIA medics to decide whether the Sauber driver will be allowed to compete in tomorrow’s race.