Ferrari team principal Marco Mattiacci believes the Austrian Grand Prix showed the gaps are coming down between the frontrunners.

While the result was another Mercedes one-two, both Williams cars pushed the championship leaders hard, with Fernando Alonso finishing strongly but unable to pass Felipe Massa for fourth place. Mattiacci said it was clear that the Mercedes-powered teams had an advantage in Austria but was encouraged by the progress Ferrari made towards the front.

"The way this season is going becomes particularly evident when one races at a track where what counts the most is the power of the car," Mattiacci said. "[In Austria], we tried to get the most out of what we have and we believe we have taken another small step in the right direction.

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"Unfortunately, we were unable to demonstrate that with Kimi [Raikkonen], who did not have an easy time on this circuit, but we are sure that with the progressive improvement of the car he too will be able to show what he's capable of. Fernando could not have done any better. He managed to maintain a great pace for the whole race, at times even quicker than the leaders and this must serve as an incentive to continue developing the F14 T.

"Overall the gaps are coming down and the number of teams fighting it out behind the frontrunners is increasing. So our aim is to exploit all our potential to be at the front of the pursuing group."

Engineering director Pat Fry agreed that there had been glimpses of potential during the race in Austria which offers Ferrari encouragement.

"Apart from the actual result, we can nevertheless be pleased," Fry said. "Because in the second and third stints, especially with Fernando, we were one of the quickest cars on track and that shows that, race by race, we are making small steps forward."