LEWIS HAMILTON admits he has “no idea” how his F1 title challenge will pan out – and admits Ferrari could run away with the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton was six tenths faster than his rivals in qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix last weekend.
But a technical error during a virtual safety car meant he lost the season opener to Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.
Hamilton is expected to pole at the Bahrain Grand Prix next week – a race that promises more overtaking and a trickier tyre strategy than Melbourne.
But Hamilton insists his Mercedes car is still being worked on and refused to make any predictions on the title race.
“From my experience, you don’t really get a good understanding until after four races,” he said.
“Right now, it’s just the first race – I have no idea.”
The 3.9-mile Bahrain circuit involves a number of hairpin bends and McLaren have gone all out with their supersoft tyre selection, in the hope of getting more out of the twisty track.
Ferrari and Red Bull have mirrored Hamilton’s selection.
And Mercedes, with there raw speed and supposed ‘party mode’ in qualifying, remain the favourites to win the race.
“We go to Bahrain and there’s going to be ups and downs,” Lewis Hamilton added.
“Ferrari are really quick on the straights, they are going to be rapid in the next race, and they are always good when it comes to hot circuits.
“Bahrain, even though it’s a night race, is still tough on the tyres.
“So I really have no idea – but I can tell you it’s not going to be easy and it’s going to be close.”