Lewis Hamilton wasn't sure how to respond when asked whether he saw the metaphorical glass of his German Grand Prix charge from 20th on the grid to third as half-full or half-empty.
"Well, I don't really know how to answer that," he admitted. "I came from last, so to get on the podium is quite an achievement, so perhaps half-full."
Making up 17 places, even in the best car, is no mean feat, so perhaps the Mercedes driver was right to look on the positive side. But while there was nothing he could have done to prevent his right-front brake disc failing early in qualifying, pitching him into the Sachskurve tyre barrier, Hamilton knew that he really should have finished second.
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Edd Straw is Editor-in-Chief of Autosport, overseeing both print and digital versions of the brand. Edd has worked for Autosport since joining as a junior reporter in 2002. He became Editor in November 2014, having previously worked as National Editor, News Editor and Grand Prix Editor.
Originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, he joined Autosport shortly after graduating from university. He went on to cover a wide range of categories from club motorsport to the World Touring Car Championship and Le Mans to Formula 3 before switching to F1 full-time at the 2008 French Grand Prix. He continues to cover a range of international events in his position as Editor-in-Chief.
In his spare time, he was formerly a club racer whose abilities did not match his enthusiasm in a variety of categories.