McLaren's Lewis Hamilton has said he got everything he possibly could out of his car today in China, en-route to his third podium in as many races and the lead in the drivers' championship.

Hamilton had qualified second, but thanks to a gearbox change, he had to line up seventh on the grid at the Shanghai International Circuit. From there he mounted a spirited comeback, gaining two places at the start, before eventually coming through to again take bronze and 15 world championship points.

He will now go into the Bahrain Grand Prix next weekend 2 points up on team-mate, Jenson Button, although he is still chasing his first F1 2012 victory.

"I had a great race! And, although neither Jenson nor I was sadly able to win, I'm really happy that Nico [Rosberg] took his first win today, but I'm also really pleased for the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team: both Jenson and I were able to get back on the podium and score some more good points," Hamilton reflected.

"It was a tough race, though: I'd love to have been able to challenge Nico, and I think maybe I'd have been able to if I'd started on the front row, but we still managed to move forwards from the start I had a lot of fun overtaking people too. I reckon I got everything out of the car that I possibly could.

"It's also a major positive to know that we've got a very consistent car. We just have to make sure we keep moving forwards, that's all. Mercedes AMG, Red Bull, Ferrari, Lotus and Sauber are all up there - that's a serious championship and it's going to make for great racing for the fans to watch.

"It's been a while since I was at the top of the drivers' world championship - but we've got to remain focused.

"I think if I just continue to work as I am then the wins will surely come, and I'll keep pushing for some better results in the future," concluded the 2008 F1 world champion.