World champion Lewis Hamilton was delighted with his fourth place finish at the Bahrain Grand Prix, but admitted things will be more difficult for his McLaren team in the next race in Spain.
The Briton enjoyed his strongest performance of the season so far at Sakhir, finishing 22 seconds behind race winner Jenson Button after having qualified in fifth position.
Hamilton was very happy with the result, but the McLaren driver is expecting a tougher time at Barcelona in two weeks' time, as the circuit is likely to not suit his car.
"I'm delighted with fourth," said Hamilton. "The Toyotas, Red Bulls and Brawns were so fast in the high-speed corners that it was just impossible to keep up. But this is another encouraging step for the team, we just need to keep working on the car because we're not really fighting back quite yet, we are collecting points.
"The gap will be bigger when we go to Barcelona because it's a high-downforce circuit. We should challenge for the top 10 there, but another top five will be harder."
Team-mate Heikki Kovalainen had a day to forget after finishing down in 12th position. "My start was a disaster," said the Finn. "Obviously, to begin the race on the prime tire was the wrong choice. The harder tires didn't have the right grip and soon started to deteriorate. The tires started vibrating even though there wasn't a flat-spot.
"After my first pitstop the car felt much better, but by then it was too late to improve dramatically. Anyway, the pace was not very good. We now need to go away and analyze why our performance was not good enough today. We'll be working even harder to improve it ahead of the next race in Barcelona."