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Ferrari needs to learn from failure - Domenicali

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Stefano Domenicali says Ferrari needs to learn quickly to challenge Red Bull in 2014 after admitting car development wasn't good enough this year.

Ferrari slipped to third place in the constructors' championship at the Indian Grand Prix as Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel secured a fourth consecutive championship double. The situation had looked much more optimistic for Ferrari after the Spanish Grand Prix - with Fernando Alonso taken his second win from the opening five races - but since then Red Bull has improved and dominated since the summer break.

Domenicali admitted Ferrari's car development had not been successful enough throughout the season and hinted that it had lost some of its strengths from 2012 as well.

"I think we have to learn from many points of view," Domenicali said. "There's no doubt that last year we could have won the title without having the best car at the beginning of the season and even at the end, but we were very good in other elements of things that make sure you are a winning team.

"This year for sure we were not really good at developing the car and managing the tyres was a big thing for our performance, no doubt."

Domenicali also had praise for Vettel's performance throughout the year in not giving his rivals any weaknesses to capitalise on.

"I think that Sebastian has impressively improved his performance, no doubt, and he has grown, making no mistakes. He was very focused and very aggressive. I think that for sure when you win four titles - even if it's important to have a fantastic car - he did a great season so congratulations to him."

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