Mercedes v Ferrari will be a ‘hell of a ride’

Toto Wolff is predicting one "hell of a ride" after Ferrari took the fight to Mercedes in qualifying for the Australian GP.

For the first time since the 2015 Singapore Grand Prix, Ferrari worked their way onto the front row of the grid in Melbourne on Saturday.

Sebastian Vettel qualified in P2 behind Lewis Hamilton, 0.268s shy of the Brit's pole position time.

New Mercedes signing Valtteri Bottas was third ahead of Kimi Raikkonen.

Ferrari's return to the front row of the grid has left Mercedes motorsport Wolff predicting that this season could see a thrilling battle between his team and the Scuderia.

“We knew that in Barcelona they were extremely strong, and we knew also that there were areas in which we needed to improve," Wolff said after qualifying.

“I think today is the first time where you can make a proper assessment in terms of where we are with the car, and you can see that it is very close between Ferrari and ourselves.

"It's going to be a hell of a ride over the next 20 races.”

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