So used to running at the sharp end for the last two seasons was Lewis, that being presented with a dog of a car at the beginning of the year must have been even harder to deal with than never having a good one to begin with.
But he kept his head down and McLaren worked the hardest of any other team on the grid to make improvements to Lewis’ and Heikki’s machines.
The signs were there in Germany that they’d gone in the right direction with their new nose/floor/sidepods/wings/rear diffuser/a couple of lighter bolts somewhere, yet Lewis’ overly aggressive start put paid to them finding their true race pace that weekend.
But today everything went perfectly, with Lewis’ KERS assisted start from fourth on the grid getting him right up behind pole-sitter Fernando Alonso in his Renault.
And as soon as Hamilton was able to run in clean air after Alonso’s first pitstop, he pulled out an impressive lead and stayed there for the rest of the afternoon.
You could see his delight at winning post-race, as he got out of the car and literally skipped with off to be weighed.
His and team boss Martin Whitmarsh’s genuine embrace of joy – of relief? – was a pleasure to watch.
McLaren are back in the hunt it would seem, whereas the Brawns struggled a lot today.
We were told that they’d be back on form in the hot conditions of the Hungaroring, but that wasn’t the case.
Jenson’s strangle hold over the Drivers’ World Championship is slowly slipping through his fingers, and he’ll have a lot to think about over the next three week’s summer break.
The Red Bull’s are still fighting strong – at least Mark Webber’s is, him scoring third – and the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen got him into second, so it looks like – along with McLaren – the old guard are resurging. (Check BBC Sport for full results.)
And lastly, all of us at Top Gear send our thoughts out to Felipe Massa and his family, to wish him a speedy recovery.
Feel free to leave your well-wishes here for him, and we’ll get them over to Ferrari.