The Hungarian Grand Prix weekend was dominated by Felipe Massa's accident and its aftermath, and in the days after the race events such as the planned return of Michael Schumacher, the withdrawal of BMW and the sacking of Nelson Piquet hogged the headlines. Even the signing of the Concorde Agreement - after months of debate about the future of the sport - was a little underplayed, thanks to the attention focussed on Michael.
One thing which has been somewhat overlooked in the past couple of weeks was the remarkable performance of Lewis Hamilton and McLaren in Budapest. Rarely has there been such a turnaround in fortunes of a team in the course of a season, although clearly the circumstances in Hungary suited the MP4-24 just so, and it might not be quite so easy from now on.
Just think about where things were just a few weeks ago. Hamilton endured a whole run of races where he started in the bottom quarter of the grid, and whatever strategy the team tried, he seemed to end up pretty much where he started. What had been a mood of frustration had become one of total resignation. 'This year is written off', was the mood in the camp, 'but we'll come back big time in 2010'.
But let's give full credit to the McLaren guys. They kept plugging away and throwing new bits at the car. Without the usual safety net of testing they sometimes got it wrong, but eventually they got it right. And there were clear signs of that all through the Nurburgring weekend, although Lewis didn't get a chance to prove it on Sunday. He had more or less got into the lead when the tiniest tap from Mark Webber punctured a rear tyre and, handicapped by floor damage after his stop, he looked very ordinary.
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