Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene has offered an honest assessment of the Scuderia's 2017 campaign and their overall standing in relation to the top dogs Mercedes.
Sebastian Vettel sparked a Ferrari revival in the season opener in Australia, but the Prancing Horse were ultimately unable to sustain their title challenge for the entire campaign and fell back to a familiar spot of being second best to the Silver Arrows.
"For Mercedes, first place is not an event but a habit," Arrivabene told Speed Week. "That's how it has to be for us in the future.
"We are on an uptrend, but the fact remains that we were not good enough to win the championship.
"If you do not respect a team that has won four consecutive world titles, who will you respect? For me, their great strength lies in the organisation.
"Perhaps it is also the winning habit that makes the difference. Sometimes you get a pole position and it's a big deal.
"But to be in front, whether it's in qualifying or in the race, it should be the natural result of our work."
Arrivabene compared Ferrari's 2017 season to a glass of water and said there was a big headache to clear in a messy end to their title hunt.
He added: "I see the season like a glass of water.
"By the middle of the season, the glass was half full. But then we used the remaining water to dissolve the headache tablets at the end of the season.
"We worked well and never gave up, which is the positive aspect for me. But things did not go in our favour. Mercedes deserved to win.
"We have to work harder. We know what we need to do in the future."