Former Renault boss Flavio Briatore believes that Ferrari, believed to be stronger than 2017, could be the champion in 2018.
Ferrari achieved the fastest team appearance in Bahrain after two weeks of Melbourne racing.
The Italian team, which has been in leading position since the beginning of the week, succeeded in seeing the checkered flag in first place despite the pressure of Mercedes in the race and winning the second consecutive victory.
Flavio Briatore's Italian team has a very good chance of winning the championship, as this victory is a sign of hope for the championship.
"This Ferrari is much better than last year's Ferrari, I can say they are on par with Mercedes, and I think the two teams have a 50% chance to win the races," Briatore said.
"Australia is not a regular track, but Bahrain is a clearer track, and when we look at it at the end of the week, you can see that Ferrari has a great race."
"They changed the strategy right away, and Vettel did a great job managing the tires incredibly." said.
Briatore adds that the situation would be different if there was Lewis Hamilton instead of Valtteri Bottas behind Vettel.
"We are in the second race yet, if Hamilton was Bottas behind Vettel, then the situation could be really different."
"But the Ferrari is really competitive, the race is starting right now, and the updates that will be made during the season will be important," Maranello's employees have to do a little better than Mercedes. "
"It's important to win the first two races of the season, but it's also important to win two races at the end of the season."