Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton is looking to return to winning ways at this week’s Bahrain Grand Prix after missing out on overall glory in Australia last time out.
The reigning world champion had looked to be on course to win the opening race of the year in Melbourne last month, but the combination of a Virtual Safety Car intervention and a software bug meant he ultimately missed out on the win.
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was the man who capitalised to secure victory in Australia and the German is expected to be Hamilton’s nearest rival for glory once again this weekend.
Hamilton is certainly expecting another tough battle with Vettel, but he believes both he and Mercedes have enough about them to return to winning ways at Bahrain International Circuit. “We can win this next race,” the Brit said.
“We still have a great car, we are the world champions and with a couple of adjustments we can win.
“We always knew it would be close this year. There will be ups and downs. Ferrari were really quick on the straight in Melbourne and they will be rapid again, I can tell you.”
Hamilton is chasing his fifth world title this season and he will be hoping history can repeat itself this year, as he finished second at the Australian Grand Prix in 2017 before going on to secure overall championship glory.
The 33-year-old is priced at 1.80 to win the Bahrain Grand Prix for the first time since 2015, while Vettel is available at 4.20 to make it back-to-back triumphs this season.