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.
“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.