F1: Ferrari eye profound change as title hopes fade
Domenicali admits team needs 'jump in quality at every level'25 September, 16:54
Ferrari's Spanish driver Fernando Alonso has battled nobly all season, but his Ferrari F138 does not seem quick enough for him to be able to stop Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel charging to a fourth consecutive world driver's title.
A set of innovations introduced at last weekend's Singapore Grand Prix failed to bridge the speed gap, and Germany's Vettel won his seventh race of the season.
Second-placed Alonso, who won the 2005 and 2006 world titles with Renault, is now trailing Vettel by 60 points with six races to go and Ferrari are 103 points behind Red Bull in the constructors' championship.
So Team Principal Stefano Domenicali has admitted that Formula One's oldest and most successful team have effectively written off this season.
He said their development work is now "99%" focused on 2014 when Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen will rejoin the team to form a formidable partnership with Alonso.
Domenicali admits, however, that Ferrari must move up a gear to reel in Vettel and his team next year. "We must make a jump in quality at every level, including our working methods and our equipment," Domenicali said.
"We know that well and we are working to make it happen, reinforcing our technical structure in the areas where it is needed - as shown by our arrivals in recent weeks and those still to come. "Let's be clear, I don't think for a minute that the people we have are less capable than those working in other teams, indeed I'm convinced of the opposite. "But it's a fact that the others have worked better than us and this must work as an incentive for us".
The last time Ferrari won the drivers' championship was in 2007 with Raikkonen.
The teams' last constructors' title was in 2008.
On the drivers' front, Ferrari should have no shortage of speed with Raikkonen and Alonso on board, although some have expressed concern that having two high-profile drivers on the team could lead to personality clashes. President Luca Cordero di Montezemolo had previously said he was against having "two cocks in the same henhouse" when there was speculation Vettel could join Alonso at Ferrari.