Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali says that the F138 must allow Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa to compete at the front of the F1 field.
The F138 was unveiled in Maranello on Friday.
"There are areas of development on the car which will be very important, from now until the end of the year," he said.
"We have a clear goal, which is to give Fernando and Felipe a competitive car, at the highest level. Then, it will be our drivers and the team that can make the difference. Our approach from the first race on must be the right one and we must be mentally ready to deal with very tense moments. We definitely don’t want to find ourselves having to fight like last year to close down a 1.6 second gap to the fastest."
Domenicali also places emphasis on the F138 being an evolution of the F2012, rather than a revolution.
"According to our planning, there will nothing too revolutionary, but rather an implementation of what we have seen so far".
"In my opinion a serious team has to focus on the fact that, in 2014 we face a completely different season in terms of the regulations and therefore, we must concentrate on bringing into play the right resources."