Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali insists that the team needs to improve its qualifying performance if it is to secure the 2010 F1 title.
Fernando Alonso finished third in the Japanese Grand Prix to drop three points to current leader Mark Webber and is now 14 points behind the Australian going into the final three races of the year in Korea, Brazil and Abu Dhabi.
The Spaniard was unable to challenge Webber or race winner Sebastian Vettel during the race having qualified behind the Red Bull duo on the grid and Domenicali said the team needed to work hard to out-qualify Red Bull in order to strengthen its position on race day.
"In race pace we were not too bad, but the problem is that if you start behind it is very difficult with this kind of performance to get ahead,” Domenicali was quoted by PlanetF1
. "At Suzuka, with the hard tyres, above all, we were really very good. I know that maybe they (Red Bull) were controlling a little bit the pace, but in the end everyone was pushing.
"I think that they are doing a great job in preparation and qualifying but, as we have seen, if we do a better job than them in qualifying then we are able to beat them (in the race). Otherwise it is tough, but we will see in the next races - everything is possible."
Alonso himself has already admitted that Suzuka was the 'worst circuit' left on the calendar for Ferrari as he seeks to secure a third title [See separate story HERE