Ferrari technical director James Allison insists that the team is doing all it can to become a regular threat to F1 pacesetter Mercedes.

With new team principal Marco Mattiacci claiming that changes are needed within the Scuderia's technical structure after another disappointing start to an F1 campaign, Allison is keen to point out that there is no stinting on effort as those charged with finding developments back at Maranello continue to scour the F14-T for potential gains.

"Every season is dominated by the efforts back at the factory to try to improve the package," he told the team's official website, "If you're in front, you work to stay in front and, if you're not, then your efforts are aimed at moving your way up the grid.

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"Currently, we're doing our level best across every aspect of the car: mechanically, aerodynamically, electronically, every single component, set-up-wise, everything we can do to try to improve is being done. In recent races, we have brought more upgrades than usual to the track and this has improved our position marginally, but we just need to keep fighting the same fight.

"We have upgrade plans race by race. If we do a good job with all of those, it will start to tell and we will start to see Ferrari run more consistently relative to the opposition. But it's not an easy fight - and it's a fight that never ends."

Round eight of the 2014 world championship takes F1 back to Austria for the first time since 2003, and the lengthy absence effectively makes the Red Bull Ring a brand new circuit from a technical point of view, with none of the data any of the teams might still have being valid today.

With only nine corners in its 4.326km length, the Austrian lap is the third shortest on the schedule, after Monaco and Sao Paolo, and like its rivals, Ferrari will be relying more than usual on simulation work to provide a set-up baseline, although one aspect that cannot be simulated is tyre wear.

"We will have the soft and supersoft Pirellis, just as we did in the last two races," Allison confirmed, "We cannot be sure what to expect but, as at any of the tracks this year, management of the option in qualifying will be extremely important. You need to ensure you get the tyre prepared for a hot lap in Q2, while being sure the tyre can then cope with the first stint of the race."