Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff says Ferrari has a good car and there will be a close battle between them in Bahrain.
Mercedes demonstrated a strong performance on the Australian GP and took the race from pole to first place until the period of the Virtual Safety Vehicle.
While Ferrari won the race with the right timing and strategy, Sebastian Vettel accepted that Mercedes was faster after the race.
Two weeks have passed since Melbourne and teams are going to Bahrain with some new pieces.
Wolff from Mercedes agreed that the race would not be easy for them.
"We were expecting a close struggle on the new look, and the first race confirmed it."
"We made some mistakes and did not achieve the maximum, which reminded us that we were competing in the hardest racing series every mistake returned to you as punishment."
"It was regrettable to leave all these points on the table, especially for us to know that we have the speed to win the race."
"After a tough week, we've done what we have to do as usual, trying to make sure that our work is right to see what goes wrong and to live a similar problem in the future, these are real experiences that are painful."
"We expect Bahrain to be a tough weekend for us, and these challenges will have a completely different nature."
"It's hard to compete in the rush, because conditions vary greatly between sessions, the first and third sessions are done under the sun, and the order and race take place at sunset, so it will be cooler and harder to find the right settings for the vehicle."
"Bahrain has long plains and at the same time a very sensitive track to the gusts, and we see that the Ferrari pilots are very fast especially in Melbourne, so we anticipate a close battle."
"In recent years we have seen beautiful races in Bahrain, especially in the wake of our pilots in 2014. We are excited and look forward to the race."