A comprehensive loss to Mercedes in the Spanish Grand Prix further exposed the limitations of Ferrari's 2019 challenger, as its rival finished first and second in all five races so far in 2019.
Asked by Motorsport.com if the weaknesses Ferrari found at Barcelona were different to the opening races, team principal Mattia Binotto said: "The limitations that we got were present already in the first races of the season.
Binotto said the upgrades introduced so far in 2019 have worked as expected, raising suggestions Ferrari could be suffering a mechanical limitation, or that the overall performance limit of its car is being reached and Mercedes has simply out-developed Ferrari since pre-season testing.
Several teams have had problems making the thinner-gauge Pirelli tyres work so far in 2019, with Red Bull driver Max Verstappen going as far as saying Mercedes is the only outfit that is on top of the changed tyre specification.
Tyres are a significant key performance factor of the car and so management and optimisation is key for the overall performance of the car itself.