Felipe Massa says Ferrari can take little heart from its strong form in the races, because it is paying too much of a penalty as a result of its lack of pace in qualifying.
With team chiefs Stefano Domenicali, Aldo Costa and Pat Fry all having flown home immediately after Malaysia for meetings at Maranello to try to better understand the outfit's problem, the pressure is on to improve the situation.
Team sources say the focus is currently on working out why car updates have not delivered the extra downforce that wind tunnel figures suggest they should. This could be as the result of a correlation problem that may have manifested itself when Ferrari upgraded its wind tunnel from 50 percent to 60 percent last year.
Ferrari is undertaking a big push on aerodynamic simulation work in free practice in China to better understand its issues, and Massa is hoping that the effort pays off.
"For sure we are working on the problems, but it is also true that there were only five days from one race to another for us to bring new pieces," Massa said. "It is important that everyone is on the case to improve as quickly as possible the car, and that is what we are planning to do."
When asked if he was at least encouraged that the Ferrari was more competitive in the races than qualifying, he said: "Yes, but that is not enough if we are more than one second slower in qualifying. Even if the car is better in the race, we still need to push and improve because it is not enough."