A year on from prevailing in what is considered one of Formula 1's greatest head-to-head race battles, Lewis Hamilton heads back to Sakhir for the Bahrain Grand Prix looking to continue his steamrolling momentum in this year's title fight.

Twelve months ago, the Briton preluded his eventual title glory with an exhilarating win over Mercedes Nico Rosberg in a battle that raged from almost start-to-finish, a success that struck a friendlier tone than their other tussles over the remainder of the year.

Indeed, a week on from another spat between the Mercedes pair, Hamilton - who leads the standings after wins in Australia and China -, says he is in a 'happy place right now' and feels his strength will come from the momentum he has now built up.

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"I was really buzzing after the result in China and I have to say a big thank you to the team for the amazing job they did all weekend," he said. "As always, though, my thoughts have been completely focused on the next race from the moment we left the circuit on Sunday.

"It's been a great start - but for me last season showed that you can never feel too comfortable and that's even more the case this time around with Ferrari right there with us. I don't actually have the best record in Bahrain compared to other circuits.

"Last year was my first win here and it was definitely one I'll remember after a great fight with Nico. That's what I love about racing and it's a special feeling to come out on top in a battle like that.

"I'm in a good place right now. The momentum is with me, so the target is to carry that on and hopefully repeat last year's performance."