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Friday images from the 2017 F1 Bahrain Grand Prix

Silver Arrows set for showdown at sun down in Bahrain

Apr 152017

Lewis Hamilton has been warming up for this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix with some long runs in the Dubai sunshine, as this weekend's race looks set to be a scorcher. 

After the cold temperatures and rain in Shanghai, the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport Team face an altogether different task of the searing heat of the desert. Although the race is staged in the evening, temperatures will still dwarf that seen in Australia and China, and Lewis says he is expecting another red-hot battle with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.

"I am happy to be back in Bahrain. It is always amazing weather and has been an awesome season so far and we are working very hard collectively as a team to continue at that level. Ferrari have shown tremendous pace. The first race, particularly in race trim, they were very quick on a hot circuit. And, given that this is going to be a hotter race here so the gap is going to be even closer.


"But it is more exciting racing against another team, a bit like I experienced in 2007 and 2008. And also, growing up seeing great teams competing against each other at the top, it is always exciting. So to be in the fight with the Silver Arrows and against Ferrari, which is a great team, is always more exciting than just silver at the front."


"It is different racing against another team. Their strengths and weakness are different. Ferrari looked like they would get pole last week but somehow we managed to find some more time out on track, in the blind really because I was the quickest out of the two guys in our garage.


"I could no use Sebastian's information, so you have to push the boundaries on your own, which is more of the challenge I love. When you are sharing data and pushing each other is it not as much fun as competing against an unknown."


"It's a long season, so I wouldn't say it's just all going to be about Lewis and Sebastian. The season is long and things can change. Within the team they can definitely see through everything how my performance and how my pace really is. In the end, results are the thing that matters, and I'm very keen to get the proper result as soon as possible because every point I lose now is going to hit by the end of the year.


"But I don't feel I'm in a rush with everything. If I keep doing what I'm doing, and that is progress every single day with the team, I feel will be at a very, very good level very soon. So I don't feel any panic or rush to prove anything. The team knows exactly where I am with my performance and that's what counts."

The full timetable for the 2017 Bahrain Grand Prix weekend is available, here.