Hamilton: Title is anyone’s for the taking
21 April 2012 – Although he just missed out on a third pole from four 2012 races in Bahrain on Saturday, Lewis Hamilton remains massively excited about the overall prospects of the new Formula 1 season. Like Red Bull drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber, he is yet to win a Grand Prix this year.
“This season is shaping up to be very interesting - it’s anyone’s for the taking at the moment,” Hamilton said after qualifying at Sakhir.
“I’m very happy with how qualifying went and the job the team has done so far this weekend. I’ve put the car on the front row at every race this year and I feel this was one of my best qualifying performances so far. Both my laps in Q3 were very good and I feel I got everything out of the car. Fingers crossed for tomorrow!
“Both Red Bull drivers will be very hard to beat in the race, but we’re less than a tenth behind on race pace. The start could be key – we’ve had good launches all season so I expect us to be able to challenge Seb down to Turn 1.”
Two places behind, McLaren team-mate Jenson Button - who won in Bahrain for Brawn GP in 2009 – shares the second row with Webber.
“Fourth wasn’t quite what I’d been hoping for, but it’s not too bad,” he reports. “It’s always a horrible feeling on your final Q3 lap when the balance isn’t quite where you want it. I couldn’t get the best from the car so I pitted early to save the tyres.”
Not only have today’s top three qualifiers not yet won a race in the 2012 F1 season, but a Bahrain Grand Prix victory also eludes Vettel, Hamilton and Webber.