Lewis Hamilton produced a fantastic comeback drive to make the podium after starting from the back row of the grid for the Belgian Grand Prix. The Brit recovered after an array of penalties as a result of taking new power unit elements throughout the weekend.
The Mercedes driver profited by Kevin Magnussen's accident early in the race and moved up to fifth when the event was red-flagged. After that he only needed to pass Fernando Alonso and Nico Hülkenberg to take third.
“If you’d offered me third coming into this race with all the penalties I would definitely have taken it! I really wasn’t expecting that!
“As I said yesterday, I really didn’t know what would be possible today. But I came into the race with a positive mental attitude and it all came together. It was a steep mountain to climb – but we did it together as a team. I’m so happy and so proud of everyone. Changing so many parts on the car, it would have been easy to make mistakes. But the guys did an exceptional job and all three Power Units worked flawlessly.”
Lewis Hamilton still leads the Drivers' Championship by nine points from him team mate Nico Rosberg and believes the battle for the title is now on for the remainder of the season.
“I think I now have more engines than most of the others, which is great. Now, the fight is really on for the second half of the season.
"The car worked really well out there today. The most difficult part of the race really was the mental approach from the beginning in terms of whether I risked it all at the start or hung back and tried to pick my way through carefully. I kind of went for somewhere in the middle – but then all this commotion happened along the way and I’m grateful I could capitalize on that. Coming from the back and having to make overtaking manoeuvres, I had to push a little bit more than you’d normally plan to, so we went for a three stop strategy. Whether or not I would have made it on a two stop with the medium I’m not sure – but I’m glad we didn’t take that risk. The team made the right call."