Ferrari team principal Marco Mattiacci says the car needs to be improved “at 360 degrees” to be competitive.
Having been comfortably off the pace of the likes of Mercedes and Williams in recent races, Ferrari was able to challenge for victory in Hungary with Fernando Alonso eventually finishing second to Daniel Ricciardo. One area the team is weak compared to Mercedes is with its power unit but Mattiacci doesn't want Ferrari focusing in just one area when looking at ways of closing the gap in the future.
“We need to improve the car at 360 degrees,” Mattiacci said. “It's not just the power unit, it's not just aerodynamics, it's not just the chassis; it's the team, the car… so it's a huge amount of work that has to be done.
“Am I confident? I'm confident about the team spirit that we're building and the quality of the people that we have – the strength and the plan that we have. That's why I'm confident.”
And Mattiacci said the gap that Ferrari currently has to the leaders means the team can't afford to stop thinking about how it can improve during the mid-season break.
“We are not stopping thinking about the project has to come up, so there is no shutdown. We are behind by 1.2s from the leaders. 1.2s means months, years of work. So we cannot allow ourselves to stop and shut down mentally. That's why I think we need to be careful about the second place [in Hungary] because I think we need to still be very cautious and aware that there is still a huge amount of work to be done.
“It is good and motivating, but now the team needs to understand the meaning of the second place. It doesn't put us away from our trajectory of thinking because we are not here to be happy with second place as Ferrari.”