Kimi Raikkonen says he has kept the title race alive by winning in Hungary while championship leader Fernando Alonso failed to score any points.
HUNGARIAN GP RESULT
1 K Raikkonen (McLaren)
2 M Schumacher (Ferrari)
3 R Schumacher (Toyota)
4 J Trulli (Toyota)
5 J Button (BAR)
6 N Heidfeld (Williams)
7 M Webber (Williams)
8 T Sato (BAR)
"For sure it looks better now than the last race," said the McLaren driver.
"It seems we throw away 10 points and he gives it back, but there are still six races to go," he said.
"If we can do this kind of result and maybe something happens to him we can still fight for the championship. That's what we're going to do."
Raikkonen was leading the German Grand Prix last weekend when his car retired, handing victory to Alonso.
A similar sequence of events happened earlier in the year, when Raikkonen lost victory in the European Grand Prix only for Alonso to crash while disputing the lead in Canada two weeks later.
McLaren boss Ron Dennis rued the retirement of Raikkonen's team-mate Juan Pablo Montoya, who was on course to win before retiring with a driveshaft failure.
"Our other car should have won and we should have had a one-two," Dennis told BBC Sport.
"We're doing everything we can to improve the speed of our cars, and we know that puts us in that area where we don't have the margin we'd like to have to enhance the reliability by running at a lower pace.
"The bad luck the Renault suffered clearly works in our favour. The issues of reliability and luck are going to swing this championship round a bit more through the next six Grands Prix.
"We know the car is fragile but there are some things you just can't modify fast enough to get reliability.
Montoya was on course to win before his retirement
"But it is the sum of the parts that makes the car quick. Some things are right on the limit, but do you want a quick race-winning car that's fragile? Or a car that finishes races but never wins.
"Right now, I don't think there are many people in the pit lane wouldn't like to have our car and the problems of reliability that we have to master. I'd rather make a fast car reliable than the other way around."
Dennis said Raikkonen's car was on the limits of reliability as well in the closing 15 laps of the race.
"We turned off all the data channels and instructed our people to talk to us only if there was a problem. The pit wall fell into five laps of total silence, which is something I have never experienced before."