Toto Wolff moved to play down Mercedes' enormous advantage on the timesheets after Friday practice for the Australian Grand Prix, joking that the likes of Ferrari and Red Bull had not yet "pulled their pants down". Lewis Hamilton was quickest in both sessions, with Mercedes eight tenths clear in FP2.
Valtteri Bottas was within four hundredths of the reigning champion's 1:22.600, but the next quickest man – Max Verstappen – was exactly 0.800 seconds adrift.
Both Wolff and Hamilton suggested during pre-season testing that Ferrari could enjoy a half-second advantage over the Silver Arrows, but Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc were fifth and ninth respectively.
Although Vettel said Mercedes' reports of their struggle were "bullshit", Wolff suggested Ferrari may now be the ones with something to hide.
"The car is coming together a little bit," Wolff told Sky Sports.
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