Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali has said the Scuderia knows what it needs to do next season in order to ensure its more competitive and better able to take the fight to Red Bull Racing.
Although Fernando Alonso successfully kept his bid for the F1 2012 drivers' championship alive until the final race, and ultimately only lost out to Sebastian Vettel by three points, the Ferrari F2012 was never really anywhere near as quick as it needed to be, something Domenicali is more than aware needs to be put right in 2013.
“We learned the things that have to be improved, mainly on the development of the car, no doubt, but these things need to be discussed internally,” Domenicali said in an interview for the BBC
F1 2012 review. “I don't want to use you, the media, to say what we are doing because this is something that is not representative of how I want to work, but here in our offices we know what we need to do.”
Domenicali also added that he doesn't think Alonso will have any problems putting the bitter disappointment of 2012 behind him.
“If you put yourself in his shoes, he knows and he knew at that stage [after the race in Brazil] he would have deserved the championship. Honestly. That's without putting any negative words on Sebastian - he won and so he deserved that.
“But if you look at the way Fernando performed since the first race, with a very difficult car in the beginning, then was able to maximise [his results] every time. In the races I think he was the one that did more overtaking than anyone else.
“In his mind he understood that in a way he lost his opportunity to win the championship and you cannot win the championship every two seconds, so I think that's why he was so down in that moment. As were the team.
“It is not easy when you do such an incredible season to lose in that condition. But the strength of a champion is to make sure that in this break you recharge and once again be the best. If you don't have this kind of approach, not only in sport but everywhere, you will lose all your opportunity and strength and this is something I'm sure Fernando will not do,” he continued.
Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo meanwhile also conceded the Maranello-based team needs to do better next season, despite making some important steps forward in 2012.
“To win in F1, one needs to do everything perfectly: we can be pleased with the improvements we have made on the strategy front, at the pit stops and in our race preparation and we must maintain these strong points next year too,” he stated at Ferrari's annual Christmas lunch.
“[But] we lacked a car that was quicker than the others and we must reflect carefully on how that happened and come up with a response, because in 2013, the aim, not just for me, but for all of you, is to immediately have a car that's capable of winning. We must all do a little bit more to achieve that, but without losing any of the plus points we demonstrated this year, starting with reliability,” Montezemolo concluded.