McLaren's Lewis Hamilton has admitted it is tough to predict what will happen in Spain next weekend.

Hamilton lost the lead in the drivers' championship last time out, after a disappointing afternoon in Bahrain, with two disastrous pit stops leaving him a lowly eighth at the chequered flag.

The Englishman had hoped to run at the three-day test in Mugello this week, as a result of the tough weekend at the Sakhir International Circuit, but McLaren stuck to its decision to just run test and reserve drivers, Gary Paffett and Oliver Turvey.

Now as he readies himself for round five, the 2008 F1 world champion added that with overtaking traditionally so difficult at the Circuit de Catalunya, he will be keen to start as far forward as possible.

"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," Hamilton commented.

"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.

"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.

"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."

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