Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel is confident that Mercedes will struggle to beat his Ferrari at the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Vettel split Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg in qualifying to line up second on the grid at the Sakhir circuit.
When asked if Sunday’s race can be similar to the Malaysian Grand Prix he won in March, Vettel said: “I think Lewis said earlier that we will be difficult to beat and I think he’s right .”
“I’m very happy with second today. It was a tough session. At the beginning, I didn’t really find the rhythm that I seemed to have in practice but then towards the end more and more it was getting better, I was feeling happier in the car and I felt more comfortable to push.
“For now I’m very happy with the front row and hopefully tomorrow we can have a good start and then a good race from there. In the race we are maybe a bit closer so we will see what happens.”
“We are progressing as a team. For this race we didn’t bring any updates in particular, so it’s really a circuit that is maybe a little better for us. It’s also about continuously working with the car, getting on top of what to do with the car, learning and how the changes are reacting on track.
“That’s the area where we are making most progress at the minute. We are trying to push in all areas, but for now we can be very happy with where we are. Today was the first time we were able to split them through dry conditions in qualifying, so I’m very happy.”