ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 27: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia driving the (3) Red Bull Racing Red Bull-TAG Heuer RB12 TAG Heuer leads Sebastian Vettel of Germany driving the (5) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H Ferrari 059/5 turbo (Shell GP) on track during the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit on November 27, 2016 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Ferrari finished third in the constructors battle this season, behind Champions at Mercedes and runner ups at Red Bull, and according to their driver, Sebastian Vettel, who finished fourth overall in the drivers battle, the Maranello based squad should have finished at least second.

Vettel, who gifted third place in the drivers battle to Daniel Ricciardo after being penalized for moving under braking in Mexico when the Aussie racer attempted to pass on the penultimate lap, has put the blame down to the fact that the team just wasn’t strong enough in the first half of the season….

"It has been up and down this year - not as good as expected and it could have been a lot better," he was quoted as saying by Autosport. "Points-wise we didn't manage to score enough at the beginning of the year.”

Things did improve as the season went on however, despite disruption when their technical director left mid-season, and the biggest disappointment all up for the German champion was that they weren’t strong enough to take the fight to Mercedes…but there is always next year!

“Towards the end, we found ourselves in a very tight battle with Red Bull, but overall we had a stronger package and we should've finished second in the constructors',” he said. “The biggest disappointment was that we didn't fight Mercedes. A lot of things have happened in the background that should make the team and should make us stronger for next year."