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Ferrari aim to start with a bang

Ferrari are determined to start the 2013 season in better shape as they look to avoid repeating this year's mistakes.

It was another case of so close but yet so far for the Italian outfit and Fernando Alonso in 2012 as he lost the Drivers' Championship by three points to Sebastian Vettel.

Ferrari, though, will be the first to admit that they were not up to scratch in qualifying while they also had several other problems that they failed to iron out during the season.

Team principal Stefano Domenicali says they will learn from their mistakes.

"We are trying to correct the points that were not the best in terms of our car," he said.

"We need to improve the pace in qualifying, and the situation with DRS is something that should theoretically help.

"That is why I am confident that we should be in a different position at the start of the season next year."

Ferrari made a sluggish start to the season as Alonso and Felipe Massa struggled to match the likes of Red Bull and McLaren, but the team moved up a few gears during the European leg.

However, they failed to build on that success and failed to keep up with the charging Vettel during the latter stages of the season.

Domenicali says they know where they went wrong and are already looking at ways to change that.

"Don't forget in the last four races we were the team that scored the most points," he said.

"And in racing we were, in my view, the best in terms of managing pitstops, managing strategy, and being best in reliability.

"We didn't have the fastest car at the beginning of the season, and maybe in the second half of the season we were not able to improve the car.

"This is something that we need to work harder on in order to improve it.

"Of course we have ideas as we know where we lacked. We also know we paid a big price in qualifying that hurt our performance in the race."