Thu, 19 Mar, 2015, 10:48
Ferrari is now focusing on chasing Formula 1 world champion Mercedes rather than defending against Williams and Red Bull, following its strong start to 2015 in the Australian Grand Prix.
Sebastian Vettel scored a podium on his Ferrari debut in Melbourne, while Kimi Raikkonen was on course to finish at least fifth before a problem caused by damage from a cross-threaded wheelnut.
The Scuderia was the second best team on merit in Melbourne, marking an impressive turnaround from last season when it finished behind Red Bull and Williams in fourth in the constructors' championship.
"Our first target was to look at Williams and Red Bull," said Ferrari team boss Maurizio Arrivabene in Melbourne.
"Now we need to start to be a bit more convinced about ourselves and to reduce the gap with the Mercedes guys."
Ferrari made sweeping management changes last season in which long-time president Luca di Montezemolo and team boss Marco Mattiacci departed.
It then showed consistently good pace across all three pre-season tests.
That form continued through the Australian GP weekend, prompting Arrivabene to suggest Ferrari now needs to aim higher than 'best of the rest'.
"I think we were, since Barcelona [testing] and after Friday and Saturday [in Australia], quite convinced about what we had in the pocket so we were not really concerned," he said.
"It's a pity that [Williams's Valtteri] Bottas was not there, because it would have given us a clear benchmark, but I think we need to stop thinking about second.
"We need to start to think and look forward to first."