Ferrari boss Frederic Vasseur believes that the team are closer to Red Bull than Aston Martin, despite missing out on a podium position to Fernando Alonso at the Bahrain Grand Prix.
It was a difficult day for the Scuderia in Sakhir, with Charles Leclerc forced to retire on Lap 41 when his car lost power, while Carlos Sainz ended the race in P4 after being passed by Alonso for third place.
Despite this, when asked whether he considered Red Bull or Aston Martin to be the team's closest rivals, Vasseur suggested that Ferrari are still nearer to the reigning champions.
"If you only look at the first part of the race, I think we are closer to Red Bull than to Aston Martin," the team boss told media, including RacingNews365.com.
"[But] this is race one and we don't have to draw any conclusions."
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Vasseur expects Mercedes to 'wake up'
It was similarly a challenging weekend for Mercedes in Bahrain. Lewis Hamilton and George Russell finished the race in fifth and seventh respectively after struggling to match the pace of their rivals.
However, Vasseur expects the Silver Arrows to bounce back, and also believes that the general picture may become clearer at the upcoming Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
"I think that Mercedes will wake up soon," the Frenchman continued.
"We don't know whether it will happen next week. Next week will be a different story in Jeddah.
"It's a different tarmac and we could have a better picture than before."
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