Ferrari technical director Aldo Costa says the team “need to be even more aggressive in terms of development of the car” to catch Red Bull and McLaren.
The fastest Ferrari was almost a full second slower than pole sitter Sebastian Vettel in qualifying.
Fernando Alonso admitted yesterday the team would not be able to challenge for victory this weekend. Ferrari spent much of Friday practice conducting fixed-speed aerodynamic tests instead of working on their set-up.
Costa admitted: “We are not where we thought we were this winter: we lack performance.
“The time we spent yesterday on aerodynamic testing came out of the time available to work out the right set-up on the car and on studying the behaviour of the tyres.
“However, between yesterday and today, we have made progress and I think that showed in qualifying and I hope that will also be the case tomorrow in the race. Clearly, I don?óÔé¼Ôäót expect us to be as quick as the top four, but I am sure we will do our best.”
He said not all the updates introduced in the Barcelona test had worked as planned, which explained why the team found itself not on the pace of the front-runners in Melbourne:
“At Maranello, we have a lot of talented people and they are very peed off with this situation and I know that everyone is very keen to fight back.
“We are working on different areas. There will be something new in China, and something more significant in Turkey and for the rest of the season.
“Will it be enough? I don?óÔé¼Ôäót know the answer to that now. Clearly we have to push harder than the others because we have to make up the ground we have lost, which today is greater than was the case last year. We have to change our approach in order to succeed.”
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