McLaren F1 boss happy with Hamilton's progress ahead Bahrain Grand Prix

PUBLISHED: 11:40 26 April 2009 | UPDATED: 22:15 26 October 2009

Lewis Hamilton in the pits during Saturday's session at the Bahrain International Circuit [Pictures courtesy of www.mclaren.com]

Lewis Hamilton in the pits during Saturday's session at the Bahrain International Circuit [Pictures courtesy of www.mclaren.com]

TEAM bosses at McLaren Mercedes feel they are on the right track to pick up valuable points in today s Bahrain Grand Prix. Herts-born racer Lewis Hamilton bagged fifth spot on the grid in qualifying yesterday – the F1 world champion s best of the season.

World champion Lewis Hamilton is slowly getting his season back on track

TEAM bosses at McLaren Mercedes feel they are on the right track to pick up valuable points in today's Bahrain Grand Prix.

Herts-born racer Lewis Hamilton bagged fifth spot on the grid in qualifying yesterday - the F1 world champion's best of the season.

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh felt yesterday's qualifying performance highlight the amount of work that has gone in to improving Hamilton's car.

"After our top 10 qualifying position in Shanghai last weekend, today's performance once again shows that we are continuing to make progress with MP4-24," he said after the qualifying session at Sakhir.

"Lewis's top-five position is a fantastic achievement and, considering he began the first race of the season from 18th on the grid, a fantastic indicator of just how much progress the team has made.

"Of course, while our qualifying positions mark the team's best Saturday performance of the season, they were made without compromise to our race pace; both Lewis and Heikki [Kovalainen] are well placed to pick up some more points for the team."

The race starts at 1pm UK time.


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