The race failed to yield even a podium place for the famous team, but Korea showed that Ferrari is getting back on track.
That is the claim of team boss Stefano Domenicali, who referred to the successful debut of a new front wing raced to fifth place by Fernando Alonso.
The part, based on the 2012 car philosophy, was not necessarily much faster than the conventional wing run to sixth place by Felipe Massa.
But according to Domenicali, the "data obtained in the wind tunnel matched the data seen throughout the (race) weekend, so it's a good sign. There is no doubt," AS newspaper quotes him as saying.
He was referring to Ferrari's earlier troubles with the correlation of information between the wind tunnel and the track.
Spaniard Alonso hopes the team can provide him with a good car for 2012.
"I do not need the best car to win the world championship, just a competitive one," he is quoted as saying.