Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali is confident the team can mount a challenge for the title this season.

At the end of pre-season testing in Bahrain, Ferrari had completed the third-highest number of laps throughout the three tests while Fernando Alonso set the fifth quickest time overall. Asked if what he had seen encouraged him that Ferrari could deliver on Luca di Montezemolo's demand to fight for the championship, Domenicali confirmed he was happy.

"Of course, that's part of the nature of being at Ferrari. We know that we have big competitors in front of us but we are here for that.

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"In such an environment where the new power train is introduced we have seen Mercedes' acting very well so far. But they are a monster, we are smaller and we want to show that even if we are smaller we can do a fantastic job."

With Kimi Raikkonen having returned to the team over the winter he struggled for mileage compared to Alonso, completing almost 200 laps less than his team-mate. However, Domenicali believes the two will be closely matched come the first race in Australia.

"I think [he has settled in] very well. It was unfortunate for him that we had more issues during his days of testing that took more hours off him from the car, but I'm sure with his experience he will come back with the same approach and pace of Fernando."