Hamilton is remaining optimistic despite being outpaced by Ferrari
Lewis Hamilton finished outside the top three in both practice sessions for the Bahrain Grand Prix after rivals Ferrari set the pace yesterday.
Defending champion Hamilton, who missed out on victory at the curtain raiser in Australia a fortnight ago, finished only fifth and then fourth in his Mercedes.
Kimi Raikkonen set a quickest lap of one minute and 29.817 seconds at the Bahrain International Circuit to finish marginally faster that team-mate and Championship leader Sebastian Vettel.
Hamilton remains upbeat, however, that he is in the title fight as he pursues a fifth crown.
Reflecting on the pain of Melbourne, the 33-year-old Englishman said: "If we had started third and finished second in Australia it would have been a different feeling. You never want to move backwards so it was difficult.
"Everyone in the team felt the same pain. We come here strong and positive and with the right direction as how to move forward. We are still there in the fight."