After Lewis emerged from his pit stop behind Sebastian Vettel, he knew he had to make his move quickly in order to reclaim the place. What followed was a feisty scrap for second.
"Well, naturally I was trying to win the race from the start and I was quite close with Valtteri and then he pitted," Lewis explained. "Then I had a good lap once I got past.
"I held on to my tyres a little bit longer than Valtteri potentially. He said he had a bit of graining, so that next lap was good and then they kept me out for another lap which I think was probably not the right decision to make in the end as the tyres dropped off.
"Sebastian came in the lap before, undercut massively and I lost six tenths or so, once I caught the Williams it may have been. So, I lost whatever time I gained there. It was very risky and for sure it was quite frustrating when I came out behind both of them.
"I actually thought I was maybe potentially fighting Valtteri but I was fighting both of them and losing position - that's definitely frustrating.
"I had grip in the tyres and I've got to take the opportunity now to race with him which I did. And then I slipstreamed down to Turn 1, and I pulled out.
"From my view, Sebastian moved and then moved again and at the time, if I didn't brake, I would have been in the wall and we would have crashed. But, anyway, luckily I got away with it and I was quite forceful in the next corner."