Lewis Hamilton said he was delighted with his front-row slot in qualifying in Bahrain, despite missing out on pole position.
The McLaren driver, who has started from the top spot twice this year, qualified less than a tenth behind Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel. Hamilton felt he had extracted the best from his car and was pleased with his performance.
"I am happy with the performance of the car and performance of the team and I am happy with the laps we are doing, eking out everything I can from the car," Hamilton said. "Today I was not able to get pole but being on front row is a great feeling - at the last race we were not able to start on the front row. It will be a tough race. We will do everything we can to be right up there."
The Briton said the strong wind had made the conditions very tricky during the session.
"The wind is like I don't remember from any circuit other than Barcelona, it is tricky, with positives and negatives on certain corners. It is not easy to get it right, but some of us do and some of us don't."
Hamilton reckoned Sunday's race will be extremely tough, with tire degradation expected to have a big impact.
"It is going to be massively hard tomorrow. We had good races here. I think we have a better chance this year to fight the Red Bulls in the race, the race pace has been a bit quicker in the last couple of races, but we have made some improvements."