Stefano Domenicali concedes the "wrong" Red Bull retired in Singapore as it is Sebastian Vettel who Ferrari need to falter.
However, rather than doing that, the German put in a sublime performance, dominating the grand prix from start to finish to win by 33 seconds over Fernando Alonso.
As a result the Spaniard now trails Vettel by 60 points with Domenicali admitting Ferrari need the German and not his team-mate to run in a bit of bad luck.
"Unfortunately the Red Bull that finished the race was, if I may say, the wrong one," he said.
"But of course in the sporting way, congratulations to him [Vettel] because he did a fantastic race, very easy, very clean.
"The only thing we have to do is try to stay there and being second, if there is an opportunity, as we always said, we will have it.
"Normally speaking without a problem to Vettel it's very difficult that we can fight for the Championship, but you never know.
"What has happened to Mark Webber at the last lap can happen to Sebastian and if it happens one or two times we are there. Never say never.
"It's very difficult but we will try."
The team boss added that Ferrari's attempts to close up on Red Bull are being hindered by their need to throw the majority of their resources into next year's car.
He added: "For sure at this stage it is clear that Vettel with Red Bull has a better package but what I will say from our side is that we will try to deliver on the track what is still on the pipeline.
"But of course at home we are 99 percent dedicated to the 2014 car because it's a huge and complex project that is very important to be on top at the beginning of the season.
"So before we need to try to fight from what we have. We need to congratulate them [Red Bull] because they're doing an incredible job but we are pushing, we are still improving after what at the end of the day was a very difficult July.
"If we didn't lose some points at the beginning of the season the situation in the Championship would have been different. So we need to stay there knowing that the line of our competitors is very high."