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.