April 2, 2014 (F1 Plus / Rosie Baillie) - Lewis Hamilton is hoping to take his first win in Bahrain this weekend after taking his first win in Malaysia last weekend.
“I've finished on the podium here [Bahrain] a couple of times here but, for one reason or another, I've never managed to get the win.” Hamilton said.
“Until last week it was the same story for me with Malaysia, so fingers crossed this can be the year of breaking those cycles!”
The Briton, who stormed to the win in Sepang last weekend, is expecting the team to have some tough competition around the Bahrain International Circuit as two pre-season tests were held there.
“We know it's going to be tough to maintain our current form, particularly at a circuit where every team has had so much running time over the winter, but I'll be pushing hard to keep those results coming.” he said.
Teammate Nico Rosberg currently leads the drivers’ championship after winning in Australia and finishing second in Malaysia.
The German driver visited Bahrain in December for the Pirelli test and says this is the race he feels the most prepared for.
“I came to Bahrain for the Pirelli tyre test back in December and during winter testing a few weeks ago.” Rosberg said.
“Of course, it's the same situation for most teams and drivers so we could see some close battles throughout the weekend.”
With Mercedes leading the constructors’ and drivers’ championships, Rosberg has warned that the team need to stay focused to avoid losing out to rivals.
“We may be leading both Championships at the moment but our rivals are breathing down our necks, so we need to stay focused and keep doing our job calmly and professionally.”
Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport Toto Wolff echoed Rosberg’s comments saying that the team shouldn’t take anything for granted.
“We approach Bahrain with the same mentality as we have approached every challenge so far this season: in the knowledge that nothing must be taken for granted.” Wolff said.