“We need to improve our car. There are some mis-correlations, as you have seen, with the design, the car behaviour, especially on the aero.
"That is the development we started [after returning] back from the lockdown, and that, hopefully, we will have very soon at the race track.
“It will not be the final solution, there is no silver bullet. What’s important for us is to improve the type of behaviours [of the car]."
Assessing the deficit to Mercedes, Binotto added: “If I look at the qualifying, compared to the pole, we are missing a second.
"Of the second, three-tenths is cornering, but then there is still seven-tenths on the power unit, the straights. I think that one will be very difficult [to improve] because engine [development] is frozen for the season.
"On the straights, it [is also] about the drag, and the drag is not something we are addressing very soon. So a bit of disappointment to see our speed on the straight, so let’s analyse our data and see what we can do in the future.”
As to whether Ferrari can ramp up its updates and potentially have some on the SF1000 for this weekend's second race in Austria, Binotto said: "From now to next week there are very few days.
"The people back at Maranello are trying to push very hard, working day and night, so we will do whatever we can, but it's too early to know right now to anticipate any parts of the development for next week in Austria. We are hopeful, so let's wait and see."
GPFans is a multi-platform, multi-language brand dedicated to Formula One coverage. We bring you all the ins and outs of the sport, 24/7, everything from up-to-the-minute news and features to the latest viral stories and clips.
We believe that a new generation of exciting, outspoken drivers will make F1 more popular than ever before, and we want to give our users access to as much of their heroes as possible, on and off the track. From Lewis Hamilton to Max Verstappen, Daniel Ricciardo to Sebastian Vettel, we provide in-depth analysis of every every Grand Prix in the season, from Australia to Abu Dhabi.
With Formula One under the new ownership of Liberty Media, how the sport is being covered is evolving, and GPFans will look to be at the heart of this progression into new media, as one of the fastest-growing sites covering the king of motorsports.