Ferrari revved up for F1 title fight
March 8, 2013 -- Updated 1545 GMT (2345 HKT)
Stefano Domenicali wants Ferrari to challenge for a first drivers' title since 2007.
- Stefano Domenicali convinced Ferrari can challenge for F1 world title
- Ferrari's Fernando Alonso missed out to Sebastian Vettel in last race of 2012
- The Italian team has not won a drivers' championship since 2007
- The 2013 Formula One season begins with March 17 Australian Grand Prix
(CNN) -- Stefano Domenicali insists his Ferrari team is ready for a tilt at the 2013 Formula One world championship, with the Italian team principal setting his sights on the podium at next week's curtain raiser in Australia.
Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso, a two-time world champion, was beaten to the 2012 championship by Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel at the final race of the season having seen his challenge hampered by a stuttering start to the campaign.
Alonso and his teammate Felipe Massa struggled to match the speed of their rivals in the early races of last season, something Domenicali insists will not be a problem this time around.
Read: Kubica returns to motorsport
India's F1 story
F1's spiritual home in the U.S.
Stirling Moss: A history of Silverstone
"Unless someone else has done an exceptional job I'm convinced that Ferrari will be in the battle to the end," Domenicali told the sport's official website.
"I expect that the teams who finished in the top positions in Sao Paulo (last season's final race) will repeat that in Melbourne, probably with a reduced advantage -- that's what we are all hoping for anyway.
"A podium in Australia would be a good base on which to build the kind of successes we need."
Spanish driver Alonso was heralded for keeping pace with Vettel, who claimed his third consecutive drivers' crown, despite having a car many observers thought was too slow to compete.
Read: First lady of F1 takes control
After encouraging preseason tests, Domenicali is confident Alonso can deliver a first drivers' title since 2007 for the sport's most successful manufacturer.
"What are the factors that have convinced me that Ferrari has made a step forward?" continued Domenicali.
"The new business structure, the working methods, the modifications to the equipment that we have used to work on this car, the consistency of the results compared with our targets and what we saw in the recent tests.
"These all seem to tell us that we are on the right path at last compared to the past."
Ferrari will be entering its 63rd season in F1 this year, the only team to have competed continuously since the modern championship was introduced in 1950.
Part of complete coverage on
February 24, 2014 -- Updated 2255 GMT (0655 HKT)
Despite being a sport well into its seventh decade, only two women have ever driven in Formula 1 but Susie Wolff hopes to become the third.
February 24, 2014 -- Updated 1736 GMT (0136 HKT)
Jann Mardenborough on the similarities and differences between driving a race on a video game and driving a real F1 car.
February 22, 2014 -- Updated 1226 GMT (2026 HKT)
How Russian president Vladimir Putin helped turn a muddy hole in the ground into a $400 million futuristic grand prix track in Sochi.
January 22, 2014 -- Updated 1217 GMT (2017 HKT)
CNN's Rosie Tomkins speaks to Caterham F1 owner Tony Fernandes on the team's driver line-up for 2014.
January 22, 2014 -- Updated 1352 GMT (2152 HKT)
Popular Japanese racer Kamui Kobayashi is back in Formula One with Caterham -- and fan power has helped him return to the grid.
January 17, 2014 -- Updated 2228 GMT (0628 HKT)
NASCAR team co-owner Gene Haas applies to enter a new team in the Formula One world championships.
January 15, 2014 -- Updated 2128 GMT (0528 HKT)
He is Formula One's undisputed No. 1, and next season Sebastian Vettel will have proof of that fact emblazoned on his Red Bull.
December 6, 2013 -- Updated 1417 GMT (2217 HKT)
Germany has only produced two Formula One champions -- and they can thank one man for spotting their nascent talent.
CNN's Amanda Davies travels to a small German town to discover the real Sebastian Vettel, F1's all-conquering champion.
December 4, 2013 -- Updated 1633 GMT (0033 HKT)
A new era of F1 looms large on the horizon in 2014, but what do the new rules mean for how we watch the sport? Get up to speed here.
November 17, 2013 -- Updated 2015 GMT (0415 HKT)
It is 5 a.m. on Sunday morning in Austin, Texas and the grid girls are already up and getting ready for the race.
October 17, 2013 -- Updated 1056 GMT (1856 HKT)
Explore our interactive of one of F1's most important and complicated pieces of kit.
Today's five most popular stories