The 11-time race winner said: "Two years without going to the podium is really not nice. Thinking so many bad things, so many things which are negative and don't help anything.
"It's really a relief and I'm sure it will be so important for me, for my brain and for my future as well. So happy for the great race I did."
Although he was unable to prevent team-mate Fernando Alonso's title rival Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull take a dominant victory, he passed McLaren's Jenson Button and Sauber's Kamui Kobayashi to strengthen Ferrari's position
in the constructors' championship.
The team remain in third place but have extended their lead over fourth-placed Lotus by 10 points to 24 points.
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