Lewis Hamilton: 'Bahrain GP will be tough for Mercedes'

New Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton on March 14, 2013
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Lewis Hamilton says that he is expecting a "tough battle" for Mercedes in this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton has said that he is expecting a "tough battle" for his Mercedes team in Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix.

The British driver finished 10th-fastest in second practice on Friday, 0.822 seconds off Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen, who set the fastest time.

Hamilton told BBC Sport: "I don't think we are as far off as it looks. I think other people were on different fuel loads.

"It looks like we're 0.6 seconds off the pace. I think it's maybe half that; maybe a bit less. But it will be a tough battle for sure this weekend."

Hamilton finished third in last weekend's Chinese Grand Prix.

Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen walks away after the third free practise session ahead of the Malaysian Grand Prix on March 23, 2013
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