Sunday in Hungary did not follow Lewis Hamilton's script, as he was passed in the first corner by Felipe Massa and thereafter consigned to chasing the Ferrari driver's inspired drive. Massa's charge met its own untimely end and means Hamilton retains his championship lead, but the Briton was also unlucky when his second place became just fifth at the flag due to a puncture. Heikki Kovalainen drove through the chaos to record his first win.
With Hamilton and Massa out of the frame, Timo Glock's commendable pace this weekend was rewarded with the first podium of his career. Nearly half a minute and five positions behind, Jarno Trulli finished 7th. "I was quick but in traffic all the race," the Italian driver said.
Sheer cruel heartbreak for the bitterly disappointed Felipe Massa, who brilliantly turned the tables on the McLarens by passing them at the first corner and seemed able to then resist the Hamilton challenge. Three laps from the end, the cruising race leader's smoky engine failed without warning on the pit straight. "Felipe drove possibly the best race of his career," said the similarly gutted team boss Stefano Domenicali. On the brighter side, Kimi Raikkonen salvaged third from his latest lacklustre weekend, and proved the F2008 is still very quick by setting the fastest lap in the closing stages before he had to halt his pursuit of Glock to protect a failing car.
A good result for the French team, with Fernando Alonso less than five seconds from the rear wing of Raikkonen's podium finish after a race-long battle, and Nelson Piquet sixth.
The usual McLarens and Ferraris aside, Robert Kubica was also beaten in Hungary by both Toyotas and both Renaults, scooping just the final point on offer. "We were very slow and now we have to go and find out why," said the 23-year-old, a crowd favourite at the race which is closest to his native Poland. Nick Heidfeld finished tenth.
A lacklustre outing for Red Bull; Mark Webber leading the charge but lagging the race for the final point by 10 seconds. "Let's hope it was just this track and we can bounce back in Valencia," he said.
Jenson Button finished 12th, the first of the lapped cars, while Rubens Barrichello was among the stragglers following a fiery moment in the pits.
Nothing to shout about in the Williams garage, as Kazuki Nakajima - one of three drivers at three separate teams to encounter small fuel rig fires during pitstops - led his similarly-lapped teammate Nico Rosberg to the flag.
Adrian Sutil raced with a brake problem that punctured his tyre and eventually ended his race. Giancarlo Fisichella finished 15th but he at least beat home Barrichello's Honda. "We need a step forward," said the Roman.
Sebastian Vettel's nightmare weekend, which began with reliability dramas on Friday, resumed as he ran wide on lap one and later retired when a bad pitstop cooked his engine. Sebastien Bourdais fared little better, when two small fuel rig fires left the Frenchman needing another pitstop to clear the fire extinguisher foam from the inside of his visor. "There can be no excuses, this was a bad weekend for the whole team," said boss Franz Tost.