Hamilton's Thai trip ahead of Bahrain

PUBLISHED: 13:28 04 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:18 26 October 2009

Lewis Hamilton at the Bahrain track

Lewis Hamilton at the Bahrain track

LEWIS Hamilton geared up for Sunday s Bahrain Grand Prix with a relaxing trip to Thailand – but still managed to incorporate some training as he looks for his second victory of the season. Hamilton, who finished fifth in the race in Malaysia last time out

Lewis Hamilton in practice at Bahrain Picture courtesy of www.mclaren.com

LEWIS Hamilton geared up for Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix with a relaxing trip to Thailand - but still managed to incorporate some training as he looks for his second victory of the season.

Hamilton, who finished fifth in the race in Malaysia last time out, will be looking for an improved performance to keep his nose ahead of the fast-improving Ferrari team.

The 23-year-old McLaren driver from Herts said: "We did a lot of running, in the heat, and obviously it's like doing double the work anywhere else; a lot of kayaking and a lot of swimming also.

"I wake up in the morning, and I feel straight away, without even thinking about it, I'm going training. It was relaxed training, but it was very efficient."

Hamilton has raced before at the Middle East track during his Formula 3 days, as well as in F1 last season, and he is looking forward to the challenge.

In last year's race, Hamilton finished second behind Felipe Massa, and set a record of being the first ever driver to finish on the podium in his first three grands prix.

"I guess it's one of those circuits where you don't feel like you're particularly going anywhere because you don't have trees flying past you," he said.

"Some of the braking zones are a little bit out of your sight, but it's a really cool circuit, I really do enjoy it."

Hamilton tops the drivers' standing after two races with 14 points, only three ahead of Ferrari rival and current world champion Kimi Raikkonen.


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