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#BahrainGP: The race is on for LH44

Apr 072018

Lewis Hamilton is determined to strike back against Ferrari at this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix, after being forced to concede the first victory of 2018 at the season opening race two weeks ago.

The four-time World Champion has his work cut out for him though. Following on from the first free practice session at the floodlit Sakhir circuit, the FIA announced that Lewis’ Mercedes-AMG Petronas W09 EQ Power+ race car was being fitted with a new gearbox. This means that even if Lewis secures pole position during qualifying, he has to start the race in sixth.

A statement issued from the Silver Arrows said: “We had an hydraulic leak in Melbourne race and were fortunate to finish the race. Unfortunately we couldn’t repair the box within the six-race cycle so need to take a fresh one, incurring the grid penalty."

“The tyres have felt the best they've felt here in years here in Bahrain; very stable and with less degradation. The track is great and it's amazing at nighttime too. It looks very close between all the teams and we definitely have got some work to do to try and see if we can eke out to be ahead of the others.”


Lewis’ confidence isn’t misplaced either. While the Mercedes squad is the most successful team of the modern F1 turbo era at Bahrain – having won three of the last four races at Sakhir, Lewis is also the most successful driver F1 holding two wins (2014 & 2015) as well as the fastest lap – set during last year’s Grand Prix (1:32’768).


Whatever you do, make sure you don’t miss out on the action of the first F1 night race of the season; as the lights go out and pressure amps up at 4:10pm GMT / 5:10pm CET on Sunday 8th April.