Ferrari speedy Sebastian Vettel secured the top podium in Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix finishing almost 10 seconds ahead of Mercedes’ ace Lewis Hamilton.
Mercedes have rarely been challenged in collecting the past three constructors’ championships, and providing the past three drivers world champions.
But Sunday’s season-opener around Melbourne’s Albert Park circuit showed the revival of the famed Ferrari, though Vettel remained cautious.
“Some you win, some you lose. Ferrari had the quicker car, they put us under pressure from the start and that’s where we lost it. Toto Wolff told Sky F1
“There was not a lot of difference. You saw how close we came out behind Vettel but we were held up by Verstappen. He was fighting for position and that’s racing.
“We achieved the goal that tyres last much longer and you can push them. Maybe that misled us a little bit but Sebastian was very fast and managed to stay on Lewis’ gearbox so we can probably push them a lot more.
“You lose a lot of tyre grip and downforce when following but Ferrari were the strongest package as they were able to follow. Wolff added
“We were worried about the undercut possibility. We knew we would come out behind Max and Kimi and that’s what happened. Ferrari played it very well.
“We saw that Ferrari were very strong in testing and in qualifying they were a real force. It’s going to be a more stressful season than in the past but it’s personality building.
“China is a very different circuit. Let’s see how it goes there.”