By ESPNSTAR.com staff
In 2012, Formula 1 fans were treated to one of the most unpredictable starts to a season as the opening seven races saw seven different champions.
The reasons for this are still being hotly debated but it's believed that a combination of new tyre compounds, the banning of exhaust-blown diffusers as well as regulations requiring changes to the design framework of the new models were responsible for a confused start, especially for the Italian outfit.
However, various key figures within the sport have voiced their opinions that the teams have learnt from their mistakes and will ensure that the 2013 season will see more consistent performances over the 20 races.
This could mean that the big names in Ferrari, Red Bull and McLaren will likely battle it out for the championship although many tip it to narrow further to another battle between last season's title rivals Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel.
Ferrari were unable to help Alonso get into top gear as they had a disastrous start to the previous season but are now quietly optimistic that their lead driver will be one of the frontrunners as early as the Australian Grand Prix.
And Domenicali believes that Alonso would do well to grab a foothold in the title race by posting strong finishes in the the first few races of the season. He anticipates that the various marques will close up shop quite early and therefore feels that it will be crucial to secure a lead as soon as possible.
He claimed that the adoption of turbo V6 engines for the 2014 season could produce markedly different dynamics this year - the development race will likely be less intensive as teams, operating within a fixed budget, will have to shift their resources in adapting to the new engine.
"Next season (2013) will be decided in the first races," Domenicali told Germany's Auto Motor und Sport.
"The teams will do their work for 2013 and then move on to the preparations for 2014.
"I think this switch will happen in July, so you will need to start the year well.
"What happened to us last year in the Jerez test [when they struggled with the car and wasted time on aerodynamic data-gathering] will not be repeated this year
"Now we are sure that the wind tunnel will not give us surprises."
Ferrari have also announced that they will carry out wind tunnel testing solely at the Toyota facility in Cologne instead of their famous Maranello factory after the latter's erratic performance last term.