Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali says the Italian squad is aiming to enjoy a "perfect" 2011 season in order to clinch both titles.
The Maranello-based squad failed to win any titles in 2010, despite Fernando Alonso arriving as favorite in the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi. In the end, Alonso had a disastrous race and finished as championship runner-up to Red Bull rival Sebastian Vettel. Ferrari finished in third place in the constructors' standings.
Domenicali admitted on Wednesday the team must aim for a flawless season in order to beat the opposition this year.
"For 2011 our goals are very clear, that we are aiming to win both the titles, constructors' and drivers' titles, this must be the goal of our team," Domenicali told reporters during Ferrari's winter media event. "And so, the expectations, that of being able to have a car competitive from the start, a reliable car, a strong car, and I have to say that we've seen this last year.
"If you're not perfect within such a competitive environment, with opponents that are so strong with teams, which also varied numerically, then it becomes difficult to win. So the goal is that of being better than last year, especially in terms of performance, with a car which must be competitive from the start, it must be reliable – as it was reliable last year – but improved where possible. Because, with every reliability you make a breakthrough, and we must be perfect in interpreting the events which take place during races, because also from this point of view we do not make mistakes."
The Italian, who admitted he considered stepping down after the Abu Dhabi debacle, said his motivation for the season ahead is as high as always, and vowed to move on from the disappointment of 2010.
"As far as my motivation is concerned, I can guarantee you that the entire team is positive-minded," he said. "We are approaching a new season with enthusiasm, the right enthusiasm, and I think that it is fundamental, especially at the start, to start by putting aside by putting aside the last race in Abu Dhabi from a psychological point of view.
"It's like a tennis player who has a bad match, or someone who shoots a penalty and makes a mistake – on the field, you mustn't have a trembling hand or a trembling foot. You have to go back in and play.
The team has undergone a reshuffle of its track management personnel, and Domenicali is confident the changes will pay off and will make the team stronger.
"As we said last week, we wanted a change – the track [operation] is going to be headed by [Pat] Fry, who is going to be the person who has to take the decisions of the management of the drivers on the racetrack in terms of strategies," he said. "And we have created a new direction within the technical direction reporting to Aldo Costa, so we have a group of persons who are going to have to work to improve on the simulations, simulations that have to be given to the engineers.
"But they are going to be responsible for the decisions, so Fry is going to be responsible for the decisions being taken.
"Operations Research is going to improve, let's say, is going to integrate the decisions of the simulator, the wind tunnel, and the designers, so that, let's say, a broader task which adds itself to design, aerodynamics, to the team, the structural calculations in the team dedicated to manufacturing. So they all undertake within some of the technical directorate and other calls, so nothing has changed from this point of view."