Mattia Binotto admits it will take a “long time” to solve Ferrari’s car troubles as the SF1000 is “lagging behind in all areas”.
Following pre-season testing, Ferrari conceded that its 2020 car, the SF1000, is lacking in pace compared to the likes of Mercedes and Red Bull.
However, after the first race of the championship, the Austrian Grand Prix, the Italian stable admitted it was worse than it had initially thought.
Ferrari failed to get both drivers out of Q2 at the two Red Bull Ring races while at the Hungaroring Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc were 1.3s down on pole position.
Unable to recover in the race, both drivers were lapped by race winner Lewis Hamilton.
Three races into this season and Ferrari is down in fifth place in the Constructors’ Championship having managed just 27 points, 94 points behind Mercedes.
Binotto fears it will be a long road back.
“It will take a long time,” the team boss confessed to Motorsport-Total.com.
Adding that the problems “cannot be solved within a few weeks”, the Italian said: “I think we need patience.
“I’ve said many times that we are lagging behind in all areas.
“And if you need to improve all areas, it won’t be with a single trick or a simple solution or a single update package.
“It will take time. How long? That I can’t answer yet.”
He added: “I think we already saw in the winter tests in Barcelona that we weren’t fast enough. But we wouldn’t have expected such a difficult situation.
“It is certainly worse than we expected. There is not much more to say.
“We have now had three races in a row. There is a short break until Silverstone. It is important that we use this time in Maranello to look at all aspects of the car, as well as the organisation. Just everything we need to improve.”
Ferrari’s troubles are compounded by the fact that the Formula 1 teams will be racing this year’s cars in next year’s championship.
The team voted in favour of delaying what would have been the new 2021 rules until 2022 in order to cut costs as the world deals with the Covid-19 pandemic.
“That makes our job more difficult,” he added.
“We will only be able to estimate how quickly we can catch up if we fully understand the reasons why we are so slow. It is too early for that.
“We will therefore concentrate on understanding the car first. Questions like that I can only answer later in the season.”