Ferrari's revival may have come at least one, perhaps two, Grands Prix too late to guarantee the evenly matched four-way battle that the season promised early on.
Still, Kimi Raikkonen's win at the last ever French GP at Magny Cours did enough to tilt the championship balance once again in an already see-saw season.
Raikkonen's studied and error-free drive could not have come at a better time for the team, and especially not for the Finn himself. After team-mate Felipe Massa had set pole position on Saturday, Raikkonen's prospects of relaunching his championship challenge seemed bleak.
Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa in parc ferme at Magny-Cours © LAT
For a start, Massa has invariably turned in his best performances from pole. Secondly, track position for the opening stint has become the Holy Grail of 2007 success.