Mercedes rubs salt into Red Bull’s wounds with cheeky jibe following Perez and Verstappen DNF in Bahrain

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc was successful in holding off world champion Max Verstappen in the early part of the race before surviving a late Safety Car period to clinch his third Grand Prix.

By the looks of it, it could be just the first of many to come this season given how impressive Ferrari has been in pre-season and the opener, clinching the top 2 positions in Bahrain.

Red Bull had a rather forgettable day, with both Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez unable to finish the race.

What is a greater cause for concern for the team is the fact that both drivers seemed to bow out of the race due to a common reason.

Mercedes were the ones who profited from this the most. Lewis Hamilton was able to make notch yet another podium finish behind the Ferraris after Perez’ car malfunctioned in the final lap of the race.

Charles Leclerc. Credit: autoweek.com

Given how much Mercedes has struggled during pre-season testing, this result will certainly be a welcome surprise for the team.

George Russell also put in a promising display in his first race for Mercedes as a full-time driver.

The social media admin of Mercedes was understandably in a cheerful mood after the race in Bahrain.

With the events that transpired in the back-end of the race, this is what the Mercedes Twitter handle had to say:

Mercedes and Red Bull’s recent friction

One may argue that the team would’ve tweeted this regardless of whether it happened to Red Bull.

However, given the friction between the two teams last year, this jibe certainly carried some extra spice.

The two teams did, after all, go all out last year in their hunt for the constructors’ and drivers’ championships.

Although Mercedes managed to win the constructors’ championship, Hamilton lost out to Verstappen in controversial manner.

This was the first time in seven years that Mercedes witnessed a driver outside their roster lift a championship.

Many caught on to the apparent jibe by Mercedes aimed at Red Bull, with the tweet gaining close to 80,000 likes within the first hour.

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