Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport Toto Wolff was expecting a race of damage limitation at the Singapore Grand Prix, but instead saw his team score a 1-3 finish.
'You kind of feel for Ferrari'
Toto expected the Silver Arrows to struggle at the Marina Bay Street Circuit, but a first-lap accident between the two Ferraris, Max Verstappen's Red Bull and Fernando Alonso's McLaren opened the door for Lewis Hamilton to take the lead.
The Brit then negotiated several Safety Car periods, early wet conditions - for the first time in the race's history - and a gradually drying circuit to take his seventh win of the season, with Valtteri in third place.
"In the morning we were talking about damage limitation and we go away from Singapore with P1 and P3", Toto said after the race.
"From our perspective, it is a great result. You kind of feel for Ferrari, though. I've been in the situation of losing both cars and you can relate how awful that feels for them."
"From the moment we were in the lead with Lewis, it was clear it was about delivering the best possible race. We didn't have the quickest car yesterday but Daniel (Ricciardo) is a benchmark around Singapore in the Red Bull and we were pulling away in all conditions and in all scenarios. That is interesting to analyse and understand."
'We have to concentrate on every single race'
After a tough Qualifying session on Saturday, the two Mercedes drivers bounced back in the race, with Lewis now 28 points clear of Sebastian Vettel in the Drivers' Championship and Valtteri closing to within a race win of the German driver.
But, Toto knows how unpredictable Formula One can be, stressing that the team just needs to take the rest of the 2017 season race by race.
"My feeling yesterday evening was the opposite of relaxed, because you don't know what's being thrown at you. You can see how quickly things can change in motor racing.
"This morning it was about damage limitation and now we are talking about a 28-point lead in the Drivers' Championship.
"But, six more races mean it can go six times against us in a similar way to how it went against Ferrari today. This is why we just have to concentrate on every single race and try to optimise the result."