Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff admits that the Formula 1 standings do not accurately reflect the state of play on the grid. Successive one-two finishes have put the reigning champions top of the constructors' championship, with Valtteri Bottas leading the drivers' standings.
Although Ferrari were off-colour in Australia, they ought to have secured a dominant result in Bahrain, only for Charles Leclerc's engine to fail from the lead, after Sebastian Vettel had spun out of contention.
Mercedes overcame an early Ferrari lead in both championships last year to win, but Wolff says the Silver Arrows do not see themselves as F1's best team, heading to a Chinese GP in which Ferrari are once again expected to be quickest.
"Two races into the 2019 season, it may seem like we're in a strong position," Wolff said. "We have 87 points, just one below the maximum score. But the constructors' standings do not tell the full story.