If Racing Point or Toro Rosso had fought for pole position in the Hungarian Grand Prix it would have been an almighty surprise. They would have required an unthinkable leap of between 1.5-2% in lap time from one weekend to the next to trouble Mercedes and Red Bull.
Such performance gains are difficult to find over an entire season, let alone a few days. So no, neither found 2% in lap time and pumped in a pole lap in Hungary. But Williams did...sort of.
A "perfect storm" facilitated George Russell's 16th place start for the final race before the summer break, unspectacular in isolation but stunning in the context of a Williams team cut adrift at the back of the field all season and regularly qualifying with the two slowest cars.