Lewis Hamilton underlined his credentials in Germany showcasing his driver skills to the highest level, even though teammate Nico Rosberg came home in first in his home Grand Prix on Sunday.
It has been a perfect week for Mercedes' Rosberg; he put the icing on the cake with a home victory at Hockenheim during a week that also saw the German tie the knot, and a home World Cup win culminating in a 14 Championship lead over team-mate and rival Lewis Hamilton.
However for the other Mercedes driver, Hamilton, it has been a pure nightmare following his triumphed at Silverstone.
The British driver was meant to start 15th after he crashed in qualifying but because his W05 Hybrid needed a gearbox change and following his brake-related qualifying accident, Hamilton received a five-place penalty that left him start bottom of the grid.
The hard way
It was a nightmare for Hamilton wondering if he would make the German GP podium to keep his tittle hopes alive, and all the risks he took during the race showed just how much it cost him to cross the line third, earning 15 points.
"I'm happy about fighting hard. I'd never want to have it easy. I love the challenge i'm having, but it's hard", Hamilton told BBC News.
Hamilton showed some aggressive driving at Hockenheim, and it was so impressive that a a partisan home crowd seemed to enjoying the show put on by the Briton.
Some late braking at most of the corners left the smoke coming out the wheels, but it was brilliant driving skills that allowed him to take the advantage over the other drivers.
However a collision with McLaren's Jenson Button in Turn Five left Hamilton pit for a third time, compared of Rosberg's two, as the impact damaged the Mercedes' left front wing endplate. Hamilton felt that he would have cruised passed Williams' Bottas, who finished with 1,8sec above him, if he had not had to stop again.
Decisive Grand Prix
The Mercedes' British driver restricted the damage to his race for a second Formula One World Championship tittle, as finishing third in the German GP only widened the gap to 14 points to Rosberg.
Hamilton believes that it is crucial that he closes the gap to Rosberg in Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix before the F1's summer break, as there will be only seven GP remaining after the weekend.