Team principal Marco Mattiacci believes Ferrari can learn a thing or two from Red Bull and Daniel Ricciardo this season.
Although Mercedes have the best car on the grid, Red Bull and Daniel Ricciardo have kept their Brackley rivals honest and the Australian has reaped the benefits as he has won three races to be 64 points behind Championship leader Nico Rosberg.
"I take inspiration from everybody around the paddock, everything," Mattiacci is quoted as saying by Crash.net. "Not only Red Bull, I take inspiration from everybody. So we need to definitely keep working because what Red Bull is proving is that when there is an opportunity they are taking it. So kudos to them and kudos to Ricciardo who is proving to be an important driver..."
Ricciardo is the only driver besides Mercedes pair Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton win races this season and, although Mattiacci knows Merc remain way ahead of the rest of the pack, he feels there will always be opportunities to surprise.
"It is clear that Mercedes keeps showing an impressive and consistent performance, in particular with the overall package. So with that we have been facing every race with concern about our lack of competitiveness," he said.
"But at the same time there's always opportunities arising because Formula One racing is still about drivers, human beings, strategy - so let's try to be extremely disciplined and focused and keep doing what we have been doing. That is to keep very calm, make the right decision knowing that we are a way from the top and take any opportunities."