Stefano Domenicali has reiterated his belief that Ferrari can fight for the title despite a difficult weekend in Bahrain.
Fernando Alonso finished in eighth place following breakage of a mechanical component within his DRS while Felipe Massa was out of the points following two punctures.
The result leaves Alonso 30 points behind reigning champion Sebastian Vettel.
"It’s hard to recall a race where so many things went wrong," said Domenicali.
"We must continue to develop the car and increase our understanding of the tyres, which is more crucial than ever this year".
"In these first four races of the season, we have not managed, for various reasons, to bring home the points that were within our grasp," he added.
Alonso won the Chinese Grand Prix but retired from in Malaysia following an early accident.
"That’s why the gap to the top in both classifications seems quite large, but we must not be discouraged by this, quite the contrary, because we have seen so often, both in our favour and against, how things can change in a hurry".
"We believe in our ability to be in the fight for the titles right to the end and this time, we have been in that fight since the start, which has not been the case for a while. At the same time, we must be aware that in order to achieve our objectives, we have to be perfect in every area."