With four races to go, and a 77-point deficit to make up in the F1 constructors' championship, Ferrari has vowed to do all it can to rein in the charge that has taken Red Bull to the verge of another title sweep.

Although 172 points remain possible between now and the end of the Brazilian Grand Prix, there are section of the F1 paddock already handing the teams' title to Christian Horner's equipe, and almost as many that believe a six-point advantage for Sebastian Vettel in the drivers' standings is enough for the German to be crowned champion for a third straight year, but Ferrari insists that it will continue to scrap to the end.

The fighting talk comes despite well-publicised problems with the wind tunnel at Maranello, as chief designer Nick Tombazis promised that the team would be bringing developments to each of the remaining races in India, Abu Dhabi, the USA and Brazil.

"As we are still in the fight for the championship, we therefore have to continue with the development of the car," he wrote on the Scuderia's website, "And because we don't currently enjoy an advantage, either in terms of performance or as far as the points situation is concerned, we cannot defend. We must attack and adopt an aggressive approach to car development for these four races, bringing updates to every one of them to close the gap and fight for the wins and hopefully bring home the titles."

Despite Alonso holding sway at the top of the standings for much of the summer, Ferrari's F2012 has rarely been the best car on track, carried instead by decent reliability and Alonso's refusal to give up on a good result. Nine podiums in 16 races include three wins - in Malaysia, Valencia and Germany - but it is the string of third place finishes that perhaps best underline the Spaniard's effort, and Tombazis concedes that the Prancing Horse could have been more competitive - and therefore able to build a bigger cushion than the 40 points once enjoyed by its two-time champion.

"I'd say I have mixed feelings about how development has gone over the course of the year but, as a whole, we can be pleased, as we are still in the fight for the championship," Tombazis admitted, "There was a period when our development was better than that of our rivals, which allowed us to make up for a very poor start to the season and we can take satisfaction from that too.

"However, in the last few races, our progress has not matched our expectations and various components which we expected would make our car more competitive did not do so. As a result, we are lagging behind our competitors. This doesn't mean we did not move forward on development, but we had been expecting something more."

Blame for the lack of progress has been laid firmly at the door of Ferrari's wind tunnel, which has let it down in the past, and prompted a switch to the former Toyota F1 facility in Cologne, as well as the decision to fall back on more tried-and-tested methods such as getting a car out on the road.

"One element that slowed our progress was the difficulty we encountered in the correlation with data from the wind tunnel and that from the track," Tombazis confirmed, "The wind tunnel can only ever be a model of what things are like in reality and can never be completely real, but the data we saw in the wind tunnel did not match 100 per cent the data we were getting from the track.

"There are many reasons why the wind tunnel is not perfect. It can come from a problem of scale, because the model used in the tunnel is much smaller than the real car, and it can come from the fact that the wind in a tunnel is different to running the car in the open air and the way the air flows over the car can also be a factor. The way aerodynamics works on a modern F1 car is hyper-complicated, therefore it is easy to make a mistake.

"We have had problems in some areas, but that does not mean that all our work in the wind tunnel has been worthless. In an ideal world, having just one tunnel is much simpler than using two but, when we have had some doubts about the data from our facility, it is useful to see what we find out by using another tunnel, to compare the results.

"We had some unpleasant surprises from some of the updates we brought to the last couple of races, so we wanted to fix that and understand where it had gone wrong. Therefore, we had an aero test prior to heading off to India, where we ran control tests on these updates to really understand what the problem was. We got some very interesting answers, which we believe will allow us to recover from those problems, and our aim in the forthcoming Indian GP will be to make up the ground we have lost., [while] the work we do aerodynamically for this year's car can be beneficial for [next year's as well]."

Although the four remaining races take the F1 circus to various corners of the globe, Tombazis does not believe the circuits involved will pose too many problems for the F2012.

"Two require maximum downforce and the other two slightly less, but still high overall," he pointed out, "Therefore there will only be minimal differences between them in terms of aero set-up and I do not foresee problems in terms of the adaptability of our car. Our aim is to bring, in as short a time as possible, all the developments we have tried in the wind tunnel to see how they work, confirming their performance, so that we don't encounter the same problems as before. That way, for every race, we hope to get closer to those ahead of us so that we can fight for the wins."