Sebastian Vettel remains adamant that Ferrari can reverse its fortunes as it was comfortably beaten by Red Bull across the course of the German Grand Prix weekend.
Ferrari has been insistent that its target is to close the gap to Mercedes, but it has been overhauled by rivals Red Bull, with Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen second and third at Hockenheim.
Vettel was able to take only fifth, with Kimi Raikkonen sixth, as Ferrari slipped 14 points behind Red Bull in the standings.
"Well obviously we are here to race and we’re here to fight so we try to maximise every race and get the maximum points and that also includes the fact that we want to finish the championship ahead of Red Bull," he said.
"As I said the last couple of races have been more tough for us and better for them, but I’m sure the second half things will be better for us again and we’ll be more competitive.
"There’s some stuff coming which has always been the plan but also like everyone else we are preparing big time for 2017.
"Obviously it’s a different project, the cars will be very different but there’s still some things that we can learn and understand this year, like I just mentioned the lessons we found the last couple of races which will help us next year.2