The Hungaroring weekend was overshadowed by Felipe Massa's frightening crash in qualifying, which left the Brazilian with the most serious injuries suffered by a Formula 1 driver for many years.
Inevitably the accident reopened debates about safety, especially as it followed so soon after the similar incident that claimed the life of Formula 2 driver Henry Surtees.
Prior to the dramatic events of qualifying, most of the talk was about Jaime Alguersuari, and whether a 19-year-old who had never had a proper F1 test was ready for his grand prix debut, although the Spaniard proceeded to dismiss the doubters with a sensible performance on-track.
Just as the crews were packing up to leave, there was a further shock as the officials announced that Renault would be suspended from the next race as a punishment for rule infringements relating to Fernando Alonso's wheel loss - a story that is set to dominate the forthcoming summer break.
Kovalainen leads the way in practice one
Hamilton keeps McLaren on top
McLaren remains on top in final practice
Alonso takes pole in chaotic session
Hamilton takes first GP win of 2009
THE BIG STORIES
Red Bull to retain Webber for 2010
Massa: Alguersuari too young for F1
Barrichello: No problems with Brawn
Concorde dependent on cost-cutting deal
Alguersuari unfazed by criticisms
Button: Brawn is back to its best
Massa: FIA should allow rookies to test
Massa suffers skull damage, concussion
Barrichello urges work on F1 safety
Brawn: Safety action must be balanced
Alguersuari treating GP as test
Button: We must solve tyre issues
FOM explains qualifying timing problem
No action taken on Raikkonen incident
Renault suspended from European GP