Kimi Raikkonen says it is “pointless to speculate” about this season’s pecking order as the teams will have no idea until pre-season gets underway later this month.
This season Formula 1 is embracing a host of new technical regulations including aerodynamic changes and wider tyres.
The new rules are intended to make the cars more aggressively looking and take up to five seconds off laps times.
There are some concerns amongst Mercedes’ rivals that the Brackley squad will maintain their advantage given their superior engine but at the same time other teams are bullish about making inroads through the aerodynamic changes.
None of the teams, though, will know until testing begins.
“We will know once we get the new cars and hit the track as obviously there’s a lot of rule changes so we have to wait and see,” Raikkonen told Autosport.
“It’s pointless to speculate with such a big change, so hopefully we are where we want to be and deserve to be.”
Raikkonen and his team-mate Sebastian Vettel head into the new season on the back of a disappointing 2016 championship.
While many expected Ferrari to challenge Mercedes, as the season progressed they dropped further off the pace and also lost out to Red Bull.
The Finn is hoping that the Scuderia can carry the lessons learned in 2016 through into this year’s campaign.
“It was far from an ideal year from all of us but this is how racing goes,” Raikkonen stated.
“It doesn’t matter if it’s better or not, the end result is obviously far from what we as Ferrari, as a team, wanted.
“We did good races and not so good races and there were too many small issues but that’s what happens in racing sometimes.
“There are for sure positive things like how we’ve been working lately and doing things.
“We all work well together, even if the results are not maybe what we always want.
“But I see a lot of good things from the team and obviously in 2017 hopefully we are where we want to be.
“Obviously it would be a lot more fun for all of us.”