Hamilton leads McLaren as the team to beat in Bahrain Grand Prix

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Barcelona, Mar 1(ANI): McLaren will head to the Bahrain Grand Prix as the team to beat after British Formula One racing driver posted the quickest time of the Barcelona test on the final day of running in Spain.

Hamilton headed the time sheets after some frantic action, lapping the track in one minute and 20.472 seconds.

He took over running in the MP4-25 from team-mate Jenson Button for the final day of the Catalunya session and worked on fine-tuning the set-up of the car before completing a series of qualifying simulations and a full race run.

Red Bull's Mark Webber was second fastest, just over two-hundredths of a second slower than Hamilton.

After that came Ferrari's Felipe Massa, Adrian Sutil of Force India, Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel and Mercedes superstar Michael Schumacher - all lapping within 0.3 seconds of Hamilton.

Hamilton's blinding pace was a huge boost to the McLaren team.

"At the end of the day Lewis declared himself happy and comfortable with the new car and told his engineers he is now looking forward to the first race in Bahrain," The Sun quoted a McLaren spokesman, as saying.

"The whole team keenly shares his sentiments," the spokesman added. (ANI)

Story first published: Monday, March 1, 2010, 15:57 [IST]
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