Lewis Hamilton is a happy bunny entering the race weekend in China – being the only driver to have won it twice. In the learning phase he admitted that he had been well wary of consistent race finishes after twice acquiring podium.
Despite winning more races than Alonso he only managed to stay right behind him in the 2011 standings .
2011 had been such a torrid year for the Briton both on and off the track. He has had bad luck in Melbourne, only to finish third, when pit stop was called at the very moment of safety car.
But having a quicker car is a bonus. Going in to qualifying with already two poles under his sleeves would boost confidence.
Just as in 2008, in the penultimate race in China, he finished the race from pole to win, also securing the fastest lap. He led the championship ahead of Massa and winning it at the nervous last moments of the last lap.
His triumph last year was a more strategical one. Having started in second row behind his team-mate, conserving his tyres well enough to pass Vettel in the ultimate stages of the race.
The conditions at the Shanghai International Circuit are said to be adverse during this weekend. Mclaren has to stay with good race pace they often get in rain shower conditions to make Lewis becoming the only triple time winner.