Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone says he hopes Ferrari will be able to challenge Mercedes for the world championship this year.
Mercedes has dominated the sport for the last two years, with Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg collecting 32 of the 38 race wins available, and the Briton securing two world titles.
Ecclestone is hopeful that Ferrari, which won three races with Sebastian Vettel in 2015, will move closer to the front.
"I'm hoping upon hope that Ferrari will get back to where it should be, which will be challenging for the World Championship, and the same with Red Bull," he told the official Australian Grand Prix podcast.
"I think if they really don't sort of show that they can win the championship we're going to unfortunately, or fortunately depending on where you are, have Mercedes dominating again.
"But having said that Nico, after three wins at the end of last year, maybe he's going to be in form. If those two are challenging each other it would be good.
"Maybe he's got a bit more confidence in himself, let's see. I haven't got any predications, a lot of hopes, but I wouldn't like to put my money on who's going to do what."