Sebastian Vettel is confident in his chances of bringing the world title back to the House of Maranello.
Asked by Sport Bild magazine if he felt he had a shot at the crown, the German offered a standard answer, but one in which he believes in.
"Yes! If not, I wouldn't go to the grid."
Following an upbeat performance in pre-season testing which concluded last week in Barcelona, and which saw it top the timesheets, Ferrari appears to be in a position to give Mercedes a run for its money.
"All I can say is that the spirit in the team is good, everyone is working for everyone else's benefit," said Vettel.
But the four-time world champion remains guarded when asked to comment Ferrari's pre-season form, or Formula 1's pecking order in Melbourne.
"It's impossible to predict anything. Even the tests in Barcelona only give a basic idea where you stand. And we'll only have real clarity after three or four races.
"In Formula 1, only results count," said Vettel.