Hamilton: I'm heading right way
Lewis Hamilton insists he will return to the top step of the F1 podium after ending his 20-month wait to get back to the top of the standings.
It is hard to believe the last time Hamilton led the way in the title race was after his win in Belgium in 2010.
After three races this season Hamilton has now edged ahead by two points from McLaren team-mate Jenson Button after finishing third for the third consecutive time in Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix.
It is just reward for his consistency, but naturally he wants more, and is convinced he will get it.
"It's been a while since I was at the top of the drivers' world championship, but we've got to remain focused," said Hamilton.
"If I just continue to work as I am the wins will surely come, and I'll keep pushing for some better results in the future."
At least Hamilton was relatively content with the progression he made over the weekend after starting from seventh in the wake of receiving a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change.
The 27-year-old finished just behind runner-up Button, but some way adrift of Nico Rosberg in his Mercedes who took his first win in his 111th grands prix.
"It was a tough race. Although I'd have loved to have challenged Nico - maybe I'd have been able to if I'd started on the front row - we still managed to move forwards," said Hamilton.
"But from the start I had a lot of fun overtaking people, and I reckon I got everything out of the car that I possibly could."
Button seemingly had a shot at the win, but a delay in attaching the left-rear wheel nut at his third and final stop denied him the prospect of mounting a challenge.
Instead, the vital seconds lost pitched Button down to fifth when he should have emerged second just a few seconds down the road behind Rosberg.
"Who knows what we could have achieved if we'd had a clear run at him in the final stint?" said Button.
"The aim was to come out ahead of the following pack of cars - which we would have done if we hadn't lost time in the pit stop - and chase him down and put him under pressure.
"The delay was just one of those things, but it pushed me back into the traffic, which was a little bit of a shock.
"Although it was disappointing not to have been able to challenge for the win, it was a fun race with tons of overtaking and lots of battling.
"It's very important to be consistent, and it's at least nice to be back on the podium.
"But there are just a couple of little things we need to improve upon to make life even better for ourselves."
Just 22 seconds separated Button in second to Force India's Paul di Resta in 12th, with the Red Bulls of Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel in fourth and fifth.
Lotus' Romain Grosjean scored his first points in F1 with sixth, followed by the Williams duo of Bruno Senna and Pastor Maldonado, with Ferrari's Fernando Alonso ninth and Sauber's Kamui Kobayashi 10th.