Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton says he feels "grateful" to have this "beast underneath" him after he took his fourth pole position in a row on Saturday in qualifying for the 2015 F1 Bahrain Grand Prix.

Hamilton was quickest in all three parts of qualifying, eventually taking P1 with a 1m 32.571s effort - 0.411s up on Sebastian Vettel and 0.558s up on team-mate Nico Rosberg in third.

It was Hamilton's 42nd pole of his career and his first in Sakhir: "I feel great, I feel very happy. Obviously coming into the weekend that was the target [to get my first pole here and] to really try and master this track and get the car into an area that I am really comfortable with and that is generally how the weekend has gone," said the current Championship leader.

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"The laps were pretty good, you can always improve, but I am really grateful to have this beast underneath me, which I can really attack these corners with.

"I think last year I wasn't comfortable with the car to really be able to do so. It is a great feeling."

Looking to the race, Hamilton acknowledged that Ferrari will be a big threat as they were in Malaysia when Vettel 'stole' the victory.

"We have gone over it tons of times already about what we have learnt [from Sepang], but it doesn't get us away from the fact they [Ferrari] are very quick this weekend and they are going to be very hard to beat tomorrow," Hamilton confirmed.

"They have got great race pace, but hopefully with our positioning that does help and we will be taking all measures we can to make the tyres go as long as they do. I think we are in a good position, so, I'm looking forward to the fight."