F1: Why Lewis is the tiger!

Lewis Hamilton isn't daunted by the prospect of starting on the front row in today's Bahrain Grand Prix after securing second place in qualifying yesterday.

Lewis Hamilton isn't daunted by the prospect of starting on the front row in today's Bahrain Grand Prix after securing second place in qualifying yesterday.

Ferrari's Felipe Massa will take pole for the second successive race at the Sakhir circuit, while Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso make up the rest of the front four.

The 22-year-old Hamilton, fourth in qualifying for both Australia and Malaysia, gave himself his best chance yet to capture a first victory with a faultless display yesterday.

And though all eyes will be on the Stevenage man today, he admits he is still not yet feeling the pressure.

"I feel quite relaxed about," he said. "It feels natural and I'm extremely happy.

"It is what I have been working towards for 13 years and to be finally here and to be performing quite well I am really happy with myself.

"Tomorrow's race is going to be really tough. We've definitely made some steps forward in the last race, and coming here we seem stronger than we were during testing.

"We have closed the gap on Ferrari.

"I think we did a great job but Felipe (right) was a little bit quicker today but still I am sure we will have strong race tomorrow and it is going to be interesting to see what happens at the first corner."

Barring any major errors today, Hamilton is likely to be climbing the podium for the third time this season; that would see him make Formula One history.

It would draw comparisons with the achievements of Tiger Woods, who has repeatedly rewrote history with his golfing successes.

And though he refused to accept he is in the same league as Woods, Hamilton admitted he hopes to emulate the American's achievements.

"I'm not Tiger Woods," he said. "I am Lewis Hamilton, it is completely different. It is an honour to be compared to someone of such great calibre but I am here for the job here.

"I hope I can have as significant impact on Formula One as Tiger has had on golf."

There was disappointment for the rest of the British contingent with Anthony Davidson, Jenson Button and David Coulthard all failing to make the top 10.

Super Aguri driver Davidson will start at 13th while Jenson Button continued to struggle in his Honda as he finished 16th.

Coulthard's hopes of an improved performance were dealt a blow when he was eliminated in Q1 as with gearbox problems.

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