The championships may have been won by Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull for a fourth consecutive year, but Ferrari team principal Domenicali knows there is much that can still be learned for 2014.
The final three grands prix of the year, in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, and then the United States and Brazil later next month, offer up crucial opportunities for Ferrari to lay solid foundations going into the new year.
Although there are wide-ranging regulation changes for 2014 that could alter the F1 landscape, Ferrari has to at least start off on the right foot.
Attempting to find the positives after another Red Bull/Vettel title triumph, Domenicali said: "We are well aware what it's like to rack up win after win, season after season because only a few years back we did just that.
"We know how much confidence comes from winning. Taking a world title is very satisfying, doing it several times is an achievement.
"But it's also a good thing to always be up there, fighting for the very top places, as Ferrari has done pretty much all the time for over 15 years, barring a handful of exceptions.
"This year, we were unable to give our drivers a car good enough to fight with Vettel on equal terms, apart from at the very beginning of the season.
"Thanks to Fernando (Alonso) and his amazing talent, we managed to worry the world champion elect more than the others.
"Unfortunately our efforts were not enough to fight all the way to the very end.
"Now, it's important to try and end this season in the best way possible.
"These are crucial weeks we have ahead of us to the end of the year because the work we are doing in preparation for 2014 is vital if we want to be the team that puts an end to this Red Bull dominance."
Domencali is aware of the mistakes made by his team this season which need to be addressed going forward over the final few weeks, and into next year.
"We have to learn from many points of view," added Domenicali.
"There's no doubt last year we could have won the title without having the best car at the beginning of the season and even at the end.
"But we were very good in other elements of things that make sure you are a winning team.
"This year we were not really good at developing the car and managing the tyres was a big thing for our performance, no doubt."
Ahead of the race at the Yas Marina circuit, in the battle for second in the drivers' standings, 38 points cover Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen for Lotus and Lewis Hamilton in his Mercedes.
In the constructors', Ferrari are four points behind Mercedes and 24 ahead of Lotus.
Domenicali said: "There are three races to go and we have an obligation to push right to the end in a very close fight for the runner-up position."