Hamilton grateful to recover to podium
27 July 2014 – Lewis Hamilton admitted that he was grateful to recover to the podium after a first lap error during the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Hamilton started the race from the pit lane as a result of his Mercedes team needing to re-build his car following his fire in qualifying.
The Briton locked up under braking at Turn 2 on the first lap and glanced the barriers, before he fought back through to the field to finish third.
"That spin was one of the worst moments of my life, I was saying that if I hadn't had any luck, that was my luck cushion," Hamilton told reporters.
"I'm very grateful that I was able to get through clean in the last two races and get some decent points. Today to get on the podium is a huge middle finger to adversity."
Hamilton gained a place when Sebastian Vettel spun at the final corner and the Mercedes driver said he was expecting his rival to make a mistake.
"I could see every lap he was going over that kerb and I was like 'be careful'," Hamilton added. "I wasn't going there as I could see it was wet, so that was instrumental as I couldn't get past him. Things helped on the way, so to be up here having started from the pit lane is a good comeback."
Hamilton was asked by Mercedes to allow team-mate Nico Rosberg through as the German required another stop for tyres. Hamilton retained his position and Rosberg battled back to fourth, just a few tenths behind Hamilton.
"I would have lost points to Nico," he said when asked why he refused to allow Rosberg through.
"Had I let him past when they asked me, I would have lost points. I'll go and speak to everyone. I'm grateful I made the decision myself. At the end of the day I was racing for myself, I wasn't racing for him."