Bahrain GP circuit suits F1 champ Hamilton's McLaren car

PUBLISHED: 12:17 26 April 2009 | UPDATED: 22:22 26 October 2009

Lewis Hamilton in Bahrain [Pictures courtesy of www.mclaren.com]

Lewis Hamilton in Bahrain [Pictures courtesy of www.mclaren.com]

THE Bahrain International Circuit layout could play into McLaren s hands in today s grand prix. Reigning F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton qualified fifth for the fourth race of the season – his best performance of 2009 so far. With a real mix of tight cor

Lewis Hamilton driving at the Sakhir circuit

THE Bahrain International Circuit layout could play into McLaren's hands in today's grand prix.

Reigning F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton qualified fifth for the fourth race of the season - his best performance of 2009 so far.

With a real mix of tight corners and long straights, the 24-year-old from Herts feels his MP4-24 car is suited for the Sakhir track.

"It's a circuit I enjoy and I think it should be good for us - the nature of the circuit, the long straights and the heavy braking zones mean it is a theoretically strong place for KERS," said Hamilton.

That assessment was backed up in qualifying with Hamilton bagging a start on the third row behind the Toyota pairing of pole-sitter Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock, the Red Bull of Sebastian Vettel in third and championship leader Jenson Button.

Norbert Haug, vice-president of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, was encouraged by Hamilton's showing, both in Saturday's qualifying and the previous day in practice when he was fastest in the first session.

Speaking after qualifying, the German said: "Looks like we are heading in the right direction.

"Lewis did a great job yesterday and today. The layout of the track is not bad for us as our car is strong under braking and we feel that our KERS hybrid is helping here as well."

He added: "It is extremely tight these days in Formula 1 but that is great for the spectators - they are what we are here for."

The Bahrain GP starts at 1pm UK time.


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