Hamilton left with mixed feelings after comeback
20 July 2014 – Lewis Hamilton was left with mixed feelings after his storming drive from 20th to third in the German Grand Prix.
The Mercedes driver started at the rear of the field after a right-front brake failure in qualifying, after which he was given a five-place grid penalty for a required gearbox change.
Having stayed out of trouble in a dramatic opening lap, Hamilton gradually worked his way up the order, ultimately settling for the final podium spot after a late charge on Williams rival Valtteri Bottas.
But despite his impressive performance, the Briton still loses ground to race-winning team-mate Nico Rosberg in the championship standings, with the gap now standing at 14 points.
Reflecting on his afternoon, Hamilton said: "Coming from last, to get on the podium is quite an achievement. So perhaps it's [glass] half full."
Hamilton admitted that he was pleased to limit the damage to just 10 points after the difference in starting positions to Rosberg.
"I'm grateful to get some points. I was very happy with the car today," he commented.
"Congrats also to Nico, it's great for him, and also for Mercedes-Benz."