Ferrari must improve their qualifying performance, according to technical director Pat Fry.
Ferrari has taken just four pole positions since the start of 2009 season – all achieved by Fernando Alonso – with only two of those coming in dry conditions.
Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso qualified in second and third place in damp conditions in Malaysia, but were fourth and fifth in the dry in Australia.
“We’ve shown reasonable race pace and on all the tyre types we have used so far we have performed well, however we still have a way to go to be quickest in qualifying and we are working very hard on that at the moment,” Fry said ahead of this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix.
“We’ve been concentrating on the longer runs, even if they are not as long as in the past, because this year we expect more pit stops during a race.”
“However, we have not ignored our qualifying pace. I am sure there is more to come on this front, as we learn more about our car and start getting the best out of it. The key will be to try and move our car development programme forward quicker than the other teams do. It’s a tough cycle that will last all year and we need to at least match our 2012 development pace if we are to perform better in qualifying.”
Ferrari last took pole position for the Chinese Grand Prix in 2004, courtesy of Rubens Barrichello.