Ferrari confident of title challenge

Tuesday 26-November-2013 10:50

Ferrari Team Principal Stefano Domenicali is confident that the Maranello outfit will have a championship-winning car to call on next year.

Domenicali's team struggled for pace for large parts of the 2013 season and failed to win a race after Fernando Alonso's triumph at the Spanish Grand Prix in May.

While Alonso finished as the runner-up in the Drivers' Championship behind Sebastian Vettel for the third time in four years, Ferrari finished third in the Constructors' Championship, six points behind Mercedes.

Nevertheless, Domenicali is of the opinion that the positives from the season outweighs the negatives and that Ferrari were actually better than their critics suggest.

"We have a very short memory. We were winning in May, not three years ago," Domenicali said.

"Last year we were fighting to be first in the championship. We need to be thoughtful about it.

"We are second again in the Drivers' Championship, so the situation has to be considered not positive, but Formula One is made by details.

"If we improve certain things - and I think we have taken the right action in terms of things that need to be improved - the situation hopefully will be better.

"But we don't have to throw away the positive things we have done this year, because strategy wise we were the best, and we need to keep this as a positive side and grow in the area of developing the car."

The Italian added that the team will be in a far better position next year after its technical structure was revised during the 2013 season.

"I'm happy for the fact that the team has always acted very, very well at the race track, the pitstops, the strategy, no blow-ups of the engine - I think we were the only manufacturer that did that," he continued.

"There are positive signs in a season that was not really very good and positive for us.

"At the end the day we need to recover from the mistakes and the problems we had this year.

"The changes that we've done are the right ones to make sure that next year we'll be fighting not for second position, but for first, as we were here last year.

"Don't forget [that] last year, without events that were out of our control, we would have been in a different position."

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