Hamilton aiming to end Bahrain win drought

By on Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Lewis Hamilton says he is hoping to pick up his first Bahrain Grand Prix victory at this weekend's race, after achieving a similar feat in Malaysia.

Hamilton dominated at Sepang to collect his first win at the circuit and the Brit is aiming for a similar performance in Bahrain, where he has only twice finished on the podium.

"I've finished on the podium here a couple of times here but, for one reason or another, I've never managed to get the win," he said.

"Until last week it was the same story for me with Malaysia, so fingers crossed this can be the year of breaking those cycles!"

"The Bahrain circuit is a real challenge: particularly for the tyres in terms of overheating. Quite often you get sand blowing onto the track, which is one of the unique features of this circuit and throws another challenge into the mix.

"A dusty track will have less grip than a clean one, so you have to prepare for that to change even between qualifying sessions."

Team-mate Nico Rosberg believes that fuel consumption will play a crucial role during this weekend's race.

"Fuel consumption will play a crucial role in Bahrain, like at the season opener in Melbourne," he said.

"These two tracks are probably the toughest of the year in that respect, so it should really benefit us to have completed so many test laps there during pre-season. We learned a lot about fuel consumption at this track and how to optimise it for the race weekend. However, all drivers will probably have to keep a close eye on their consumption in the race. Those drivers who can get away with using the least amount of fuel will have a small advantage."

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