F1: Hamilton looking to take desert Bahrain GP by storm

PUBLISHED: 13:12 26 April 2009 | UPDATED: 22:15 26 October 2009

Lewis Hamilton driving around the Bahrain International Circuit in the desert at Sakhir [Pictures courtesy of www.mclaren.com]

Lewis Hamilton driving around the Bahrain International Circuit in the desert at Sakhir [Pictures courtesy of www.mclaren.com]

WORLD champion Lewis Hamilton has targeted a top five finish in today s Bahrain Grand Prix. Hamilton is looking to repeat his qualifying exploits in the race itself and challenge for good F1 points. We ve got a similar pace to some of the guys in the top

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WORLD champion Lewis Hamilton has targeted a top five finish in today's Bahrain Grand Prix.

Hamilton is looking to repeat his qualifying exploits in the race itself and challenge for good F1 points.

"We've got a similar pace to some of the guys in the top five; as long as everything goes smoothly we should be able to get a top five finish," said the McLaren Mercedes driver.

"I can almost see pole position now - and I'm really looking forward to getting there soon!"

The 24-year-old F1 hero from Herts was fifth fastest in the desert at Sakhir during qualifying yesterday (Saturday).

Toyota's Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock completed a front row lock-out with Red Bull racer Sebastian Vettel and Brawn GP's championship leader Jenson Button filling the second row berths.

Hamilton was next and it was Vodafone McLaren Mercedes' best showing of a troubled season so far.

The result pleased Hamilton, whose family live in Tewin near Welwyn Garden City.

He said: "I'm very proud of what we've achieved: firstly, it was good to get into the top 10, then it was even better to battle inside the top 10!"

Hamilton will be looking for a storming start around the desert track to gain as many points as possible in Bahrain.

The race starts art 1pm UK time.


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