It would have taken a brave man to bet on it: the three top drivers of this generation all having a fighting chance of a podium finish (if not victory) in Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix - and all three failing.
It was the first time since Monaco 2004 that a GP podium hadn't featured Michael Schumacher, Fernando Alonso or Kimi Raikkonen. Of the 129 podium positions on offer during that streak of 43 GP, the big three took 73 in total, 17 more than the rest of the field combined. They also took 35 of the 43 GP wins.
Vitantonio Liuzzi (Toro Rosso) and Kimi Raikkonen (McLaren) tangle © LAT
For McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen, crashing out of second place wasn't a catastrophic failure. After a promising early lead, he'd looked increasingly uncomfortable on a dud set of tyres, and was about to be passed by teammate Pedro de la Rosa when a momentary lapse of concentration ended his race.
If Raikkonen had managed to avoid Vitantonio Liuzzi's Toro Rosso, who had (or so he thought) obligingly made way for the McLaren to pass, he might have hung on for an eventual third place. However, that was never going to be enough to brighten another disappointing McLaren season for Raikkonen. Well out of championship contention already, the Finn could afford to shrug it off as 'one of those things'.