Second best was more than good enough for Sebastian Vettel on Sunday, extending his championship lead despite losing the Hungarian Grand Prix to Jenson Button.
The Red Bull driver started the slippery Budapest race 77 points ahead of teammate Mark Webber, and ended it 85 points clear.
Briton Button, 31, was just fifth in the world championship before starting his 200th grand prix in similar conditions to his maiden win at the Hungaroring five years ago.
Also in the top three was Ferrari's consistent Fernando Alonso.
"It's been clear for a couple of races they've made a step forward and we need to come back," said Vettel.
Drivers' standings after eleventh race of F1 season in Hungary:
1. Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Red Bull 234 points
2. Mark Webber (Aus) Red Bull 149
3. Lewis Hamilton (GB) McLaren 146
4. Fernando Alonso (Spa) Ferrari 145
5. Jenson Button (GB) McLaren 134
6. Felipe Massa (Bra) Ferrari 70
7. Nico Rosberg (Ger) Mercedes 48
8. Nick Heidfeld (Ger) Renault 34
9. Vitaly Petrov (Rus) Renault 32
10. Michael Schumacher (Ger) Mercedes 32
1. Red Bull 383 points
2. McLaren 280
3. Ferrari 215
4. Mercedes 80
4. Lotus Renault 66
6. Sauber 35
7. Force India 26
8. Toro Rosso 22
9. Williams 4
Horner not disappointed with Button victory
Christian Horner could not hide his smile despite a Red Bull not winning Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix.
Championship leader Sebastian Vettel finished the Budapest race second, but because the fifth-placed Jenson Button won, the German's vast gap grew from 77 points to 85 over teammate Mark Webber.
And Vettel's gap to the closest non-Red Bull runner - Lewis Hamilton - is now a whopping 88 points with just 8 races to run.
"Excluding the Red Bull drivers, Jenson was the one we wanted as the winner," Red Bull team boss Horner is quoted as saying by German media.
"Congratulations to him," said the Briton.
"We are not disappointed. In situations like that it's always a lottery."
The F1 circus is now looking forward to an almost one-month break before Spa-Francorchamps, including a mandatory two-week factory shutdown.
"We will be working at full speed for another week until we close the factory and re-charge our batteries - just like KERS," joked Horner.
Teams to ask for 2012 calendar 'rethink'
Formula One teams are concerned about the latest version of the provisional calendar for 2012.
With Turkey scrapped and Bahrain shuffled to the end of the schedule, Bernie Ecclestone circulated a revised version of next year's calendar in the paddock of the Hungaroring.
A wire report by Sapa-AFP said the teams will ask the F1 chief executive to reconsider the latter part of the proposed calendar, due to the scheduling of seven races - including Japan/Korea, Abu Dhabi/Bahrain and US/Brazil back-to-backs - within a ten week period.
"We plan actually to ask for a rethink for the logistics," confirmed Renault team boss and FOTA deputy chairman Eric Boullier.
"It is to make it a little bit easier for the task force and a bit cheaper by way of moving logistics differently. We have a thought between us already and we would like to suggest a couple of ideas," he said.
"We are not involved in the final decision of the calendar, but I understand it is not definite so we have room to ask for discussion and to make suggestions."
FOTA chairman Martin Whitmarsh added: "The calendar is tough, but I understand it is going to change again. So, until we have the final calendar, there is no point complaining about a provisional one."