Popular Webber the toast of F1
A driver's first grand prix win is always an uplifting moment but, as the dust settled following Mark Webber's superb drive to victory at the German Grand Prix, there were further reasons to be delighted about events at the Nurburgring.
The Australian grinned broadly as he proudly displayed his national flag while he indulged in the traditional celebrations with his team in the paddock but even those who may have been smarting over England's struggles in the first Ashes Test - though they eventually scraped a draw - would surely not begrudge him this long-awaited victory.
Webber is one of the most popular drivers in F1 and he has certainly paid his dues to get to where he is.
There are other drivers who don't like his outspokenness or feel some of his Aussie aggression sometimes goes a little bit too far but they, too, would say he fully deserves his place among Formula 1's winners.
Team boss Christian Horner was as delighted for Webber as anyone, having had his faith in standing by the Australian following the accident in which he broke his leg and shoulder in his own adventure challenge last winter fully justified.
As he stood to the side of Red Bull's Energy Station team base in the wake of their celebrations, though, Horner's thoughts were already on the next challenge.
As he pointed out, the momentum is really with Red Bull right now.
Webber's crushing victory crowned the team's second consecutive one-two. And if anything their superiority was even more marked here than it was at the British Grand Prix last month.
Webber won despite a drive-through penalty, even if other aspects of the race eased that task, and Vettel fought back to second after being as low as eighth at one stage.
The major update package they put on their car for the British Grand Prix last month has taken them well clear of the rest of the field and they have taken something like 20 points out of Brawn's once-huge lead in the constructor's championship in the last three races.
Little wonder, then, that championship leader Jenson Button said it was imperative for him to get back to winning ways in Hungary in two weeks' time.
Button may not be enjoying Red Bull's charge, but it is setting up a potentially thrilling finish to the season.
Both Vettel and Webber are beginning to eat into Button's lead and, in terms of entertainment value at least, Horner is to be applauded for sticking with his philosophy that Red Bull will not impose team orders until one of them has built up a decisive advantage - even if that means letting them battle it out until the last race of the season.
Button would be forgiven for feeling a little hunted - and haunted - right now. For, all of a sudden, he has more to worry about even than the flying Red Bulls.
Brawn's drivers finished fifth and sixth at the Nurburgring, and had things gone a little more the way of Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso that could easily have been seventh and eighth.
McLaren and Renault brought upgrades to their cars to Germany and both worked well.
McLaren's was the most striking and obvious after Hamilton qualified fifth - and third on fuel-corrected times. The package of a new front wing, diffuser and engine cover made the world champion's car about 0.8secs quicker than it was before. That was enough to put him in the battle for the podium had he not got a puncture, courtesy of an inadvertent tap by Webber, at the first corner and damaged his car.
You had to look a bit harder to see Renault's step forward. But, to those paying attention, the car's improved performance was obvious in qualifying on Saturday. Alonso was very quick in the first session, but his spin in the changing conditions of the second left him down in 12th place and that wrecked his chances of a decent result.
But once the double world champion had cleared most of the slower cars in front of him, he was the fastest man on the track in the closing stages of the race and he put the Brawn drivers under severe pressure, as well as setting the outright fastest lap of the race.
How the rest of the season will develop is difficult to predict, so quickly is form shifting.
"The pendulum swings," Horner pointed out. "The development steps are big ones. When people bring performance to the car it's not a hundredth here or there, its two or three 10ths."
What is clear, though, is that Button finds himself under pressure from several different directions. The championship that had appeared a cakewalk as recently as the Turkish Grand Prix three races ago now looks much less of a foregone conclusion, and he was not alone in his view after Sunday's race that he really needs to win again in Hungary.
There, Button can realistically expect hotter weather. That in itself should bring the Brawns back into contention at the front as it will enable them to get their front tyres into the right operating temperature range, something they have struggled with in the cooler weather of Silverstone and the Nurburgring.
On top of that, Brawn have their own major upgrade coming for the next race, with a new diffuser, new engine cover and new wings scheduled to appear on the car.
Team boss Ross Brawn described these as "quite good steps", which is engineer-speak for several 10ths of a second.
He will need to be right if Brawn and Button are going to stop what is already a bit of a drama for them turning into a full-blown crisis.
For those of us merely watching this fascinating season develop, though, things are brewing up very nicely indeed.