It was rather handy that the Hungarian Grand Prix was followed by the two-weekend summer break, for it's given us all a chance to catch our collective breath and reflect on what was one of the most remarkable races of recent years. Last week we looked at the ups and downs of Ferrari's weekend in Budapest, while Pat Symonds gave us an insight into how things unfolded at Renault.
But while it's always interesting to analyse how things went wrong for a particular team, it would be remiss not to take a closer look at how Jenson Button and Honda got it just right and put a couple of years of disappointment behind them. And just to balance things out, let's take a look at how things went awry for McLaren...
Honda (or BAR) have been criticised in the past for not making the right calls, and Jenson Button has taken some stick since it was reported (some time after the fact) that he should have beaten Ferrari and Michael Schumacher on occasion in 2004. But sometimes the team have got it just right, as at Spa last year, when Button chased Fernando Alonso home.
The Briton's prospects at Budapest did not exactly look good when he suffered yet another V8 failure on Saturday morning, inadvertently creating the red flag that led to Michael Schumacher's penalty. So he went into qualifying knowing he had a 10-place grid penalty. The upside, such as it was, was that he did at least have a fresh engine.