Lotus trackside operations director Alan Permane has warned the chasing pack that Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull are likely to dominate again next year.
Vettel has been in excellent form during the latter stages of this season with the German's victory in Singapore crushing his rivals' bid to stop him from winning a fourth consecutive title.
The F1 fraternity, though, are hoping that things will be different next year due to switch to the new 1.6-litre V6 turbo engines.
However, Permane believes there won't be a "total reset" and Vettel and Red Bull will continue to rule the roost.
"It is not like Caterham and Marussia are going to start on a level playing field," he told Autosport. "It is not going to happen.
"There will be a bit of a reset, but there won't be a total reset.
"Sebastian [Vettel] has got a two second per lap advantage now, and he is going to carry some of that advantage over into next year.
"And let's face it - Red Bull are better at building a quicker car now, so why are they not going to be better at building it next year?
"I guess there is the impact of the engine, but there is no reason to believe that Renault will not do a competent job with that. They should be fine.
"You can be sure he [Vettel] will have the power and the engine will be fuel efficient.
"Red Bull are still going to be the team to beat next year, and Vettel will be the man to beat."
Vettel finished 32 seconds ahead of the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso in Singapore and the gap would've been much bigger if the safety car wasn't deployed.
And Permane says the chances of Alonso and company catching up next year are very small.
"It is 2.5 seconds per lap," he said. "That has got to be mostly him [Vettel], as Mark Webber wasn't anywhere near that.
"I don't suspect he goes flat out apart from qualifying and times like that. It is soul destroying for everyone honestly.
"If I was Fernando, talking about winning the Championship? Forget it, they are not even close.
"And they won't even be close next year, if they [Red Bull] have got that sort of advantage now."