Ferrari have announced swift updates after a rather modest start into the F1 season in order to become more competitive for the next race on the same Austrian course.
It didn't take Ferrari long to act after their shaky start into the Formula One season, and progress is needed swiftly to ensure the Scuderia can have a decent racing campaign.
Mechanics will be busy in the run-up to the second part of the Austrian double-header starting with practice on Friday, after the team announced aerodynamics upgrades for the car will be made a week earlier than planned, Deutsche press agency (dpa) reported.
They are badly needed as Charles Leclerc's second place finish at the season-opener Sunday could barely disguise how slow and inferior the 2020 model is compared to rivals once again led by world champions Mercedes.
The Ferraris lost around seven-tenths of a second on the straights and another three-tenths in the turns which was especially visible in qualifying where Leclerc placed seventh and Sebastian Vettel didn't even make the final round in 11th.
Vettel is their second major issue as the German is in his sixth and last season at the team having not delivered the desired world title, revealed last week he wasn't even offered a contract renewal, and in the race came second-last 10th after his latest mistake.
“The relationship is gone, the chemistry is gone, the marriage is over," was the brutal assessment of Vettel's former team-mate at Red Bull, Mark Webber, in the In The Fast Lane podcast.
"Sebastian is dressed in red, he’s driving a red car but he’s there for himself. The Seb scenario, the sooner that’s over the better for everyone concerned."
Vettel complained about the handling of the car Sunday, and Ferrari CEO Louis Camilleri acknowledged as much, without touching on the incident in which poor judgement from Vettel made him collide with Carlos Sainz - the man to replace him next year.
"It was a pity for Sebastian who couldn’t show his best performance because he was uncomfortable with the balance of the car," he said.
But Camilleri also said that Leclerc "confirmed yet again his talent and determination to defend the colours of the Scuderia, even if there was no need of any further proof."
However, Leclerc largely benefited from three safety car phases and three rivals retiring and penalized as Ferrari were clearly inferior all weekend on the Red Bull Ring.
Team principal Mattia Binotto vowed that "we must leave no stone unturned" and it took a mere 24 hours until Ferrari announced that at least part of the aerodynamics updates would come for the second Austrian race and not as planned a week later in Hungary.
"This is certainly not the grid position that a team like Ferrari should have and we have to respond immediately. It’s clear that we have to improve on all fronts," Camilleri said.
Ferrari warned that instant success cannot be expected, saying: "It’s not that these new parts are expected to completely bridge the gap compared to the front of the grid.
"But the progress in terms of lap time could allow the team to move up the order and put the drivers in a better condition to be able to display their talent," the team said.
"A few tenths more or less can make a big difference in terms of grid position," Binotti said.