Filling for Britain at storm time
Yes, it was quite a fill - over an hour sheltering from the rain and chatting about what was - or should that be wasn't - happening out on the track as the Malaysian GP came to a premature and somewhat predictable end.
I hope we made that seriously disappointing finish to the weekend a little more bearable for you.
All the time we were chatting and in between my questions, I was just thinking to myself that millions of people are at home wanting to see cars battle it out on the track - not three blokes blathering on.
But those were the cards we were dealt by the decision to schedule the race at 'storm time', which was compounded by a situation where even the drivers weren't sure who had finished where!
Until the interruption, though, what a race we were watching.
I loved seeing Jenson grab his opportunity to put in some fast laps when needed - isn't he a great driver to watch when the car's working well?
I was a pleasure to watch and I for one think the new regs are shaping up to improve the show - just as was planned!
What wasn't planned was our mammoth on-air chat.
After we were finished, I wandered - as I was a little to drained to go any faster - back to our seriously unglamorous production area (there was a snake in one of the toilet bowls when we arrived!) and asked Mark the producer, who's been around F1 for years, if it was always like this.
Thankfully, his answer was no!
In Melbourne, we were busy working out the implications of Toyota's illegal rear wing until the wee small hours of Sunday morning before returning to the track a few hours later for a breathless season opener.
Later that same day, we got the late-evening news that Lewis Hamilton was promoted to third and Jarno Trulli penalised - more drama.
Then it was off to Malaysia, up to the top of the Petronas Towers, where I had carefully crafted a link referring to Lewis's third-place finish. Fine - until the following day, when his race result was annulled!
Then, as things started to unravel for McLaren, we had to quickly drop what we were doing to interview people like team boss Martin Whitmarsh at very late notice. Great fun and a brilliant story that I enjoyed covering, but I'm really not sure I'd cope week after week!
All this excitement puts real pressure on the team, too.
Pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz was telling me last night that, with ITV's coverage, pretty much all their VTs (pre-recorded inserts) were edited and finalised well before the race so Steve Rider and the team could do a full rehearsal, have lunch, then go on air feeling fully prepared.
For the build up to Sunday's race, I had hardly seen a single finished VT from start to finish. And as the show went on editor Mark Wilkin just allowed the running order to develop organically and see what happened next... Nervy - but it probably makes for better television, I guess. I'd be interested to hear your thoughts.
Here's hoping we remain on course for a great start to the season. One negative, though. With all this exciting drama, presents for the family easily slipped my mind. I've already checked in and I've not bought my wife Harriet anything. Hmmm... not sure a small sachet of chilli sauce will quite do the trick.
Anyway, hope your withdrawal symptoms aren't too bad until the cars are back on track in 11 days' time and, talking of being on track, Toyota kindly lent us a couple of bikes to get to know the Sepang circuit on. I've posted the pictures on here as I thought you'd appreciate them. One thing you don't see on TV is just how intense the gradient is, either that or I really do need to lay off the chilli sauce and get to the gym.
Oh, one last note, apologies for no F1 Forum this week. Over 300,000 people pressed red and watched last weekend, which is incredible and justifies our decision to give you more coverage.
We are committed to it as an important and unique part of our build up. The thinking this week was that after 75 minutes of chatting, it was probably not necessary as all the angles had been covered already - and we'd run over our alloted time-slot on BBC1 anyway.
I hold my hands up, though, as I should have mentioned there would be no Forum on air but I ran out of time...
It'll return next race and don't forget to be involved via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Right, looking forward to sausage and mash, which is my tradition after a long foreign trip, and lots of washing before we fly to China a week on Tuesday!
Have a great Easter break,
P.S. I'm sure we'll have a meeting later this week about the coverage thus far - any thoughts/comments/criticism/feedback?