The narrative about Ferrari has been poor strategy putting them on the back foot, but I'm beginning to think its maybe the opposite. Maybe the car is worse than we thought and they were overachieving previously. It has been really only Mercedes that has been saying that Ferrari is any threat or doing well with their development. I mean Kimi ran a perfectly solid race and was passed by a Merc that after the opening lap was in dead last. It just seems to me now that their car has been overrated all season. Red Bull has full on passed them up with engine gains.... but the Renault engine is still by all accounts lesser than the Ferrari one.
At this rate I would almost bet that next year the Maclaren is better than the Ferrari.
Last year the Ferrari was the only one close to them, since Renault fucked up their engines so badly, but since Mercedes has fixed their biggest problems, almost all related to heat and tire life, the big advantage Ferrari had is basically gone now. Now that they have to defend from the Red Bulls, especially since Renault has their act together, it's probably pulling them back a bit, and RB have probably surpassed them development-wise, since Ferrari might have switched to 2017 a little earlier.