Lewis Hamilton says he feels that a double podium finish for McLaren in Valencia was 'extremely encouraging' after the team had gone into the weekend focusing on damage limitation.
While rivals introduced a series of upgrades in the European Grand Prix, McLaren remained pretty much unchanged in Spain with its big upgrade due to come at Silverstone later this month.
Despite that fact, Hamilton was able to get ahead of Mark Webber into second place at the start of the race and then set about trying to beat Sebastian Vettel to victory before he was handed his penalty for overtaking the Safety Car.
Although that ended his chances of taking victory, Hamilton insisted he was happy with the result and is now looking ahead to fighting for a home victory at Silverstone.
“It was another good race,” he said. “Another enjoyable, hard-charging afternoon, where I really had to push throughout the entire race. And even if I didn't manage the same results as I'd had in Turkey and Canada, it was good to finish second, particularly as the penalty meant I didn't really have an opportunity to take the fight to Sebastian.
"Obviously you can't change something once it's done, but I think we could have had a pretty good scrap at the front. I think I could have pushed him. Okay, passing around here is a different matter, but I'd like to think I might have been able to pressure him either to make a mistake, or perhaps to put his car under too much mechanical strain.
"But it wasn't to be. I came away from Valencia still in the lead of the championship, having extended my lead, and I'm now looking forward to Silverstone, where we'll hopefully have some of the new parts on our car that some of the other teams enjoyed last weekend. To come away from this race, which in many ways was a bit of a damage limitation exercise for us, with a second and third place is extremely encouraging."