Lewis Hamilton and his McLaren team-mate Jenson Button headed towards their summer holidays in downcast mood on Sunday after losing both their drivers and constructors' championships leads.
The two Britons were first and second in the title race until Australian Mark Webber won the Hungarian Grand Prix with his Red Bull team-mate German Sebastian Vettel finishing third.
That result hoisted Webber on top of the championship and put Red Bull in first place in the teams standings.
Hamilton, forced to retire with a gearbox problem while running fourth and chasing a podium finish, said: "That's racing and we just have to work very hard to catch up.
"We've lost a lot of points today. That's the second time this year. Hopefully we can work very hard so in the next few races we don't have any problems.
"It doesn't help for sure, but there's nothing you can do. We always do a phenomenal job normally. It's a shame to have the fault here at this point of the year, but that's life.
"This is motor sport and when you're pushing the cars to the limit these things can happen. We just have to go away and try and learn from this."
Defending world champion Button came home eighth after starting from 11th on the grid.
Webber's win lifted him four points clear of Hamilton at the top of the standings before the sport's now traditional three-week August break with the Belgian Grand Prix on August 29.