Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has called on the Scuderia to keep fighting, and while he concedes the situation in both championships is 'very difficult', he is fed up of hearing 'talk of giving in'.
Indeed while Red Bull Racing do remain the standard setters and again showed the way in Valenica last week, with F1 2010 world champion, Sebastian Vettel taking yet another victory, Montezemolo has insisted he does have 'faith' in the leadership of team principal, Stefano Domenicali, even if the team has yet to win a race this season.
“In the past few days, I have gone over the situation with Stefano and his engineers,” Montezemolo told the Scuderia's official website. “We are working flat out and one can see improvements compared to the early races and this is partly down to adopting a different approach to the development of the car.
“We know the situation in both championships is very difficult, but I don't want to hear any talk of giving in: we must try to progress continuously and to fight for the win at every race, which is a must for Ferrari.
“Obviously, we have also started talking about the 2012 car, which is normal for this time of year.
“I have faith in what Domenicali and his team are doing and I am convinced we will see the results of their work.”
Montezemolo meanwhile also added that in his view the changes brought in for F1 2011 have been a resounding success: “I think that it's been a positive start to the season for F1,” he continued.
“I have to say the races are all unpredictable and full of overtaking and interesting for the public, both in the grandstands and in front of the television, right to the end. That was one of the objectives this sport had set itself and I believe it has been reached.
“I want to take this opportunity to congratulate Pirelli on its return to F1 [too]. In fact, I'm not surprised [at how good a job they have done]: we have a great relationship with them and we have known them for a long time, given that historically they have been one of our suppliers for our extreme high performance road cars.”