Rather than challenge Mercedes for victory at the Monaco Grand Prix, Ferrari's struggles might lead to them slipping back into the midfield, according to Red Bull chief Dr Helmut Marko. Ferrari's pre-season billing as favourites has all but washed away as Mercedes have run rampant in the first five races.
The Silver Arrows have secured one-two finishes at each race so far, with Ferrari and Red Bull fighting over the scraps remaining on the podium.
Mercedes were half a second quicker than their rivals in the third sector of the Circuit de Catalunya, typically an indicator of good form in Monte Carlo, while Ferrari found it particularly difficult.
"If Ferrari cannot generate downforce and traction, they'll probably only finish sixth or seventh in Monaco," Marko told Autobild.