Ferrari team principal Marco Mattiacci says his squad will not be giving up on their 2014 season.
Mattiacci was appointed earlier in the week following the resignation of Stefano Domenicali and says the team is aiming to close the gap to Ferrari.
"I don't think we are going to give up," he said. "Our goal is to close the gap as much as we can with the leaders and at the moment that is Mercedes. There are many variables that can influence a lap that can influence a race and a championship. It's still very early to make decisions but our goal is to close the gap as soon as possible with Mercedes. It's not an easy task, not an easy task."
Mattiacci was in New York a week ago and revealed that when he received a phone call from Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo, he thought the offer to succeed Domenicali was a joke.
"I received a call at 5:58 on Friday morning and the chairman Montezemolo was on the phone and told me 'this is my idea'," he said.
"I thought that April fool was already 15 days earlier so in the second or third minutes of the discussion I understood he was serious, and I understood that because there was already a ticket ready to go from New York to Milan in three hours. I arrived on Saturday morning in Maranello at the Fiorano track."
Mattiacci downplayed suggestions that, with no Formula 1 experience, he is unsuitable for the role.
"It is very motivating for me," he said. "I accept it because sometimes you can bring a new perspective when looking at issues and opportunities. The fact is I need to prove that I am at the level of Ferrari first and the level of Formula One, so you see in front of you an extremely motivated person.
"I love racing, I race myself in my spare time. I spend probably 20 or 22 weekends at the track last year and I attended the 24 hours of Daytona sleeping at the track and trying to learn as much as I could. It's not Formula One, but I love racing, I love continuous improvement, challenging a team to give a better car and get as much as we can from the track."