Lewis entered the weekend already on the back foot, with a gearbox change and subsequent penalty looming in the distance. He lined up ninth on the grid, but stormed through to P3 by the flag.
"I'm happy," he concluded. "I started ninth, so third is not bad at all. It's damage limitation. We leave here with good points.
"Going into Shanghai, it's a good track for me in general. So, I'm hoping to turn the tables a little bit that weekend - but it's going to be hard. The Ferrari's have shown incredible pace the last couple of races."
It was far from a straightforward evening in the cockpit, though, with radio communication to the pit wall proving somewhat intermittent at a crucial point in the race.
"I think there were some frustrating points during the race where they couldn't hear me, so I had to choose particular points during which I could speak to them," he explained.
"When you're trying to catch Sebastian, who was 25 seconds ahead, you want to know exactly what you need to do in order to not kill your tyres but make it so that you can catch him at the end.
"If you're not getting that feedback, it makes it kind of frustrating. So, that's an area we need to improve - but it's not always the case."