Brawn Grand Prix and Red Bull Racing will remain at the sharp end in F1 next year, that's the belief of Ferrari team boss, Stefano Domenicali.
The Scuderia was unable to match Brawn and Red Bull in 2009 and in the end the Maranello-based outfit finished the season fourth in the Constructors' championship, knocked down a spot by McLaren-Mercedes late on.
In total Ferrari scored only 70 points - and took just one win, when Kimi Raikkonen was victorious at the Belgian Grand Prix. In contrast Brawn and Red Bull scored more than double that, the former notching up 172 points.
However while '09 was difficult, Domenicali is upbeat about 2010, when Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso will spearhead the Scuderia's assault at the pinnacle of the sport.
"In 2005 we suffered like hell - just like this year, we had the lone win at Indianapolis and that season was very difficult," Domenicali told ITV-F1.com
"But we have these periods and we are used to getting out of them with the Ferrari spirit and the Ferrari resources."
Despite his confidence though, he still expects Brawn and Red Bull to be fighting for victories again and he dismissed talk that 'normal service' will be resumed in 2010.
"I respect them [Brawn and Red Bull] a lot," Domenicali continued. "Brawn had such a huge advantage at the beginning that for sure - without saying - they will have swapped development to their new car a long time ago. I know Ross [Brawn] very well and for sure he is doing that.
"With regard to Red Bull, I think they did a great package - a really great package - and for sure they will be there next year too."
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