Fernando Alonso and Renault were at the heart of the extraordinary Hungarian Grand Prix weekend. The reigning world champion earned his now infamous qualifying penalty on Friday, and on Sunday he appeared to have turned disaster into triumph when he surged into the lead, both passing Michael Schumacher for position and lapping him in the same event.
It all went wrong when a stray wheel nut saw him catapulted into retirement just as Michael Schumacher began to look like a threat for serious points. The emotional rollercoaster then took another upward surge when the German retired, allowing Alonso to leave Hungary knowing that things could have been much, much worse.
Would the Spaniard have won the race had he not incurred the pit problem? Jenson Button was closing fast and took the lead when Fernando pitted for dries, but with 19 laps to go there was no way that the Briton could have survived on his already worn intermediates without stopping for dries.