Lewis Hamilton admits he enjoys the challenges he has been facing this season and says further setbacks will not derail his title bid.

Having got within four points of Nico Rosberg in the championship standings following his victory in the British Grand Prix, Hamilton was immediately on the back foot in Germany when he crashed out of qualifying due to a brake failure. Starting the race from 20th he recovered to third as Rosberg won, but he said the numerous issues he has been having this season won't affect him as he enjoys the challenges they bring.

"I didn't feel at Silverstone it had levelled things off," Hamilton said. "Obviously I was closer in points, but in terms of issues I've had a few more. Nico did a great job, and I did the job I was supposed to do, but unfortunately I wasn't able to complete qualifying and I had to pull something out of the bag, which I've had to do a few times now.

"I'm grateful I was able to do that, grateful I've the car to do that, so it's not so bad. It's not been a smooth season for me, as it has mostly been for the guy I'm racing against it. But I never like to win easily. I don't want it easy. Some don't mind that, but I do like a challenge.

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"At some points it does get a bit too much. But then perhaps if I'd had a collision with someone and lost points then that would have been really devastating, but I stayed clear just about and got points."

And while Hamilton is aiming to recover in Budapest this coming Sunday, he would not put too much emphasis on the importance of beating Rosberg heading in to the mid-season break.

"It's going to be important, as always, to regain points. As you can see, anything can happen in a weekend, so I don't know what's going to happen in the next one. I'll take it as it comes."