Kimi Raikkonen feels Ferrari has "come a long way" to have fought for both Formula 1 titles in 2017, but stressed the need for the team to learn from the mistakes of its failed championship bid this season after losing out to Mercedes.

Ferrari adapted well to the new technical regulations and led both championships following the Monaco Grand Prix, only for a downturn in form and a number of reliability issues to cause a late-season collapse.

Mercedes wrapped up its fourth consecutive constructors' title in last month's United States Grand Prix, with Lewis Hamilton being crowned drivers' champion just one week later in Mexico, but Raikkonen feels Ferrari made great strides to get into the thick of the title fight.

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"Obviously I want to be fighting at the front every weekend and to be able to fight for the championship next year," Raikkonen said.

"We started this year pretty badly, we were not where we should have been, personally, on my side, I was not very happy with the set-up and it took quite a long time to figure it out. Since then it has been better, but we’ve also had too many DNF for different reasons.

"As a team we’ve come a long way from year to year, even from last year we’ve done a good step to get where we want. What we want is for Ferrari to win both championships, but I think we have the right tools to do it.

"This year we need tidy up things and not make mistakes and then we should be OK. It’s the small things, here and there, that have played a big part
this year.

"In the end we have a great car, great tools, now there are two races to go and we’ll try to make the most out of them, doing the same work we’ve been doing in the last few races and then, next year, we start from zero next year and we move forward."

When asked to rate Ferrari's season, Raikkonen said: "It’s very simple – where we are in the championship it’s how good or how bad we’ve been this year.

"We have to learn from some of the things that didn’t work this year and we’re working to make things better next year. We start from zero next year but it depends on so many things over the winter.

"In testing we’ll get an idea of where we are and then in the first races we’ll see. We obviously aim to do better, because as a team we want to fight for the championship.

"It was better this year, but it can always be better."

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They have 'come a long way' but keeping on Raikkonen beside Vettel was not part of that.  Vettel was the one that almost won the title but for the mishaps in the Far East and Ferrari could have gone all out (with open cheque book) to sign up Hamilton for 2018.  They had the power to buy him out of Merc.

It would not surprise me to see Riccardo show up in Ferrari Red early next year if Kimi's performance is still lackluster.