Stefano Domenicali admits that Ferrari is ready to switch its focus to 2014 after losing more ground in the F1 title race in Singapore.
Victory for Sebastian Vettel allowed him to extend his advantage over Fernando Alonso in the drivers' championship, while Ferrari continues to play catch-up in the constructors' championship.
While the Scuderia
will continue to make improvements to its current car through the remainder of the season to keep pace with its rivals, Domenicali admitted that much of the focus will now turn to next year as Ferrari prepares for the regulations changes coming into F1 for 2014.
“Now it's clear that 99 per cent of our energies will be concentrated on the 2014 project, as complicated as it is important,” stresses Domenicali. “Ahead of the summer break we were striving hard for a performance gain in Singapore, on a track with characteristics that are particularly unsuitable for our car.
“Instead we lost even more ground, despite the fact that the F138 has improved in certain ways, otherwise Fernando would never have managed to do what he did in the second part of the race in terms of tyre management. We still have some new parts for the car that we will bring to the coming races but, above all, we will now try to make the most out of what we already have.”
Speaking following Alonso's second place behind Vettel in F1's annual night race, Domenicali admitted that – while second wasn't good enough – it was important for his team to realise when it has done all it could.
“At Ferrari second place must not be seen as the realisation of a goal but at the same time you have to be able to appreciate what you are achieving thanks to everyone's work,” he said. “This weekend we didn't have the technical resources to fight either for victory or even, probably, for the podium. Yet we left the circuit having taken more points than anyone else: if we succeeded it's because everyone – from the drivers to the warehouse workers – gave everything they have and they made no errors. We have to be satisfied with that and we must recognise the value of everyone who has done their job well.
“It's true: we must recognise that our opponents have done a better job than we have and compliment them because in sport you have to accept when your opponent does better than you.”