Mercedes expects Ferrari to bounce back after a disappointing season opener at this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix.

Speaking ahead of the opener, Mercedes boss Toto Wolf says,” We have seen the potential of Ferrari’s package in Barcelona; we expect them to come back strong in Bahrain.”

Wolf also added that he expected Red Bull, who finished third with Max Verstappen at Albert Park to be present in the mix as well.

“Claiming the maximum 44 points race from the first race was a fantastic result.”

“But the fight has only begun. Ferrari will try everything they can to hit back and Melbourne showed that Red Bull has something to say in the fight too.”

“After the Barcelona test, we feel like we were the challengers. Whatever the Melbourne results say, our mindset hasn’t changed since then. One race doesn’t determine the pecking order for the rest of the season. We need to extract every bit of performance from our package and keep on working hard to improve the car over the weekend to be competitive.”