Lewis Hamilton is placing confidence in his race strategy after qualifying fourth for the Spanish Grand Prix, even if his final placing perhaps didn't quite live up to the expectations hinted at by his pace in practice.

Once again defying his inexperience to challenge for pole position having topped morning practice as a prelude performance, Hamilton slipped was not quite as prolific during the top ten shootout as various fuel strategies clouded the genuine pace of the front runners.

With that in mind, Hamilton was 'satisfied' with fourth on the grid and is anticipating the race to prove as thrilling a battle between Ferrari and McLaren as it has been in the first three rounds of the season.

"I'm satisfied with today's qualifying and believe that I have a strong race strategy," he insisted. "Anything is possible from the second row and we have been quick throughout the weekend. I have started fourth on a few occasions now, so I have an idea of what to do.

"I'm really pleased with the balance of the car and the improvements the team has made since Bahrain. Both Fernando and I will be on the dirty side of the track, but I think we have shown so far this year that it's not too much of a disadvantage. I look forward to an exciting race tomorrow."



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