Lewis Hamilton has said that he is extremely pleased with the work McLaren has done over the winter with the new MP4-25.

Speaking ahead of the opening race in Bahrain this coming weekend, the Englishman added that while the squad's F1 2010 car marks a 'real change of direction', the possibilities with it are 'very exciting'.

Furthermore going on the pace in pre-season testing Hamilton and his new McLaren team-mate, Jenson Button should be right at the front vying for honours with the likes of Ferrari, Red Bull Racing and Mercedes.

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"I can't believe the winter's over already - it seems like only yesterday when I was racing in Abu Dhabi," said Hamilton.

"It's been a winter of two halves for me: before Christmas, I really focused on my fitness and training, working away to be as ready as possible for the new season.

"Since January, I've been fully focused on working with the team, testing the car and improving our package ahead of the opening race of the year.

"There's been a huge workload, but it's been fantastic to work with Jenson and the engineers to improve MP4-25, and we're all extremely pleased with the progress we've made and the direction we've taken.

"I think we have a very promising car beneath us: it's a real change of direction for us, and I think the possibilities with this car are very exciting.

"Now, though, it is all about the racing - once I put my crash helmet on and pull the visor down, I know more than anything that I'm ready to go racing," he summed-up.