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Lewis Hamilton admits he is feeling extremely confident about his chances of success this weekend after dominating Friday’s practice sessions in Bahrain.
After winning last Sunday in Malaysia, the Brit seems to be on top form at Sakhir and demonstrated his class by setting the fastest time in both P1 and P2.
Once again team-mate Nico Rosberg was his closest challenger with the German coming second in both sessions and it looks like it could be another weekend of the pair fighting it out for supremacy.
Rosberg currently leads the championship after winning the opening race in Australia but it is his team-mate Hamilton who looks like he will be the man to beat and, ahead of Saturday’s qualifying, he is 1.43 to take pole ahead of the field who are 2.85.
The 2008 world champion’s talent has long been seen as one of the greatest in the sport but his attitude has often been questioned, with him regularly publicly doubting his ability when only appearing to have the slightest thing wrong with his car.
After Friday’s practice the signs are ominous for his rivals though and he admits he is feeling confident about his chances of success this week.
“It’s been a pretty decent day for us,” he said. “The car felt good from the outset which allowed us to spend time getting to grips with the tyres. The softs in particular seem to be working well and we saw a fair difference in lap time between them and the mediums.
“As always there are still some tweaks we can make to improve the car, but overall I’m feeling good.”