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Confident Hamilton wants to 
take Silver Arrows to the top

Three races in, Lewis Hamilton is feeling more and more at home.

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Published: Fri 19 Apr 2013, 11:25 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 7:22 PM

The Briton, who swapped his childhood team McLaren for Mercedes this season, has had a great start with his new team.

And the 2008 world champion goes into this weekend’s Formula One Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix, the fourth round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, hoping to build on that.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton leads the field into turn three at the start of the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix in Shanghai on Sunday. — AP

Hamilton arrived in Bahrain after impressive showings in Malaysia and China. He had back-to-back third place finishes in Sepang and Shanghai after a P5 in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.

In fact, Hamilton, who replaced the legend and seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher at Mercedes, had started from pole, in China last weekend. He put that down the lack of race pace in their 2013 challenger--the W04. But Hamilton is certain there will be some improvements in Bahrain and that the Silver Arrows will turn into serious challengers after three fruitless seasons.

“The weekend in China was really positive for both me and the team. With each race, I am becoming more settled in the team and more comfortable in my car, and we were very happy with the pole and podium finish,” Hamilton said.

Hamilton said that they still needed to improve on some areas. “There are some areas where we need to improve to close that gap to the fastest cars and we’re working hard to identify and develop those. There’s a limit to what we can do before Bahrain but I’ll be talking to my engineers before we arrive at the circuit and seeing where we can improve in the short term,” he said.

The tyres have been hot topic this year and Hamilton reckoned that the rubber will be a major factor at the Sakhir Circuit.

“The Bahrain circuit is a real challenge, particularly for the tyres with overheating and also the sand on the track, but this helps to make it unique. The layout has a great combination of fast, slow and medium corners which make it tough for the drivers and the car, so it will be a true test for us. I can’t wait to get back in the car and see what we can do,” said Hamilton.

Hamilton is fourth in the Drivers’ Championship, within touching distance of third-placed Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, who won in Shanghai.

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