Caterham CEO Cyril Abiteboul concedes there are no "shortcuts" to F1 success as his team seeks their first World Championship point in 2014.
Having started the Formula One team from scratch in 2010, Caterham have struggled to get up to speed.
The team did at least manage to avoid the wooden spoon in the standings for the first three year before losing out to Marussia last season.
"It is difficult to know if we could have done a different job," Abiteboul told Autosport.
"The only shortcut that potentially could have been found, is by getting a proper association with bigger teams. Because it is true that that creates immediate return from a performance perspective.
"But finding the place, moving from zero people to the 350 that we are now, you see the time that it costs an organisation to go through a restructuring, so can you imagine starting from scratch, you have no process, you have nothing.
"You have nothing, no account, no delegation authority, no cash-flow management, nothing.
"Everything needs to come together in parallel, and in addition to being a proper business you also have to be competitive enough to compete against companies that have been investing for 35 years like Williams.
"Would it have been possible to have done a better job? I believe in the last two years in particular we could have been closer to them but the task is just huge."
Abiteboul added that all those succeeding in F1 these days, such as Red Bull, Ferrari and Lotus, have been in Formula One for many years.
"For Red Bull, it took a while to get it right and yet they are starting from Jaguar.
"Lotus is a fantastic team, nothing to say against that, but they started from Toleman and Benetton.
"Sauber was established and had BMW, so we see the teams that are competitive are competitive because they are established and proper run businesses, and that is also what we have to be."