Lewis Hamilton admits that anyone could win the Spanish Grand Prix, following the unpredictable start to the new Formula One season.
There have been four different teams having won the opening four races of the season, and the inconsistent form of the field has seen Hamilton grab second place in the drivers’ rankings.
Speaking to Autosport, the former world champion believes that going into next weekend’s race in Catalunya the field is wide open, but he is confident that McLaren’s showing during winter testing offers them an advantage.
“Our performance at Barcelona during winter testing looked promising - but the form of the season is still very hard to read, so it's difficult to predict who'll be at the front next weekend.
“Nonetheless, we had a great race there last year – I pushed Sebastian [Vettel] all the way to the finish. I think we have a comparatively stronger car this year, so I hope we can have another strong race.”
Despite impressing in pre-season, McLaren have struggled for consistency, with Hamilton being hampered by problematic pit-stops.
However his race pace has been good, and the British driver believes race wins will come through overtaking on the track, rather than strategic pit-stops.
“It'll be interesting to see how straightforward overtaking will be this year. It's always been a tough place for passing – as I found out last year – but I really hope DRS and KERS-Hybrid combined will make it a little easier,” he said.
"I think it's going to be one of the toughest tracks of the year for overtaking, but I'll be hoping for a strong performance in qualifying in order to make it as straightforward as possible in the race.”