Sebastian Vettel says Ferrari cannot be proud of their 2016 season as they approach the season ending race in Abu Dhabi.
Ferrari look set to go a whole season without winning a race for the second time in just three years, and look set to finish third in the Constructors' Championship, behind both Mercedes and Red Bull.
Vettel, who won four world titles during his time with Red Bull, has also had a poor season, and currently sits fourth in the championship standings.
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It has been a difficult campaign for the German, who at times has shown his frustration over the team radio when tensions have boiled over.
The 29-year-old, though, has been impressed by the attitude shown by the Ferrari team employees and how they have dealt with uncertainty, including parting company with technical director James Allison earlier on during the season.
He also believes fans and pundits alike have not seen the strong way that the team have responded.
“Overall, I think the car is a very good step from last year and I think our performance was probably better than the results we have shown at times, but the circumstances haven’t always been the best,” Vettel said.
“Nevertheless, we can’t be proud of this year because we came through the season wanting to fight for the championship and we did not so it is the target for next year, that is very clear.
“It is an enormous challenge for all the teams including ourselves to get the cars ready for next year with so many changes but that is what we are here for.
“I think the strongest point we have is the spirit inside the team. Very often this year we might have been criticised but we are working very hard, people are very committed here. I have said many times we wanted something more this year but for many reasons it didn’t happen.”