STAYING FOCUSED: Ferrari drivers, Sebastian Vettel (left) and Kimi Raikkonen (right) remain optimistic as the team's disappointing season continues. Image: AP / Petr David Josek
Spa-Francorchamps - Sebastian Vettel says he remains patient as Ferrari builds back up to winning form.
Before the summer break, Red Bull overtook Ferrari as the second-fastest team behind Mercedes, just as news was confirmed that technical boss James Allison had left.
Kimi Raikkonen, Vettel's team mate, said at Spa: "We have a lot of good people. That's not our problem. We just have to work harder."
Indeed, Ferrari took a new specification of engine to the Belgian grand prix, but Auto Motor und Sport says it will not be actually used until Monza next week.
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The Italian team does have a new bodywork package at Spa, though, but Formula 1 pundit Marc Surer doubts it will be enough.
He told German broadcaster Sky: "Ferrari has been developing all year, but unfortunately the car hasn't got faster.
"Ferrari and Vettel will only win this year with luck."
Luckily for Ferrari, German Vettel says he is patient.
"In F1, some changes happen quickly but sometimes things can take longer," Vettel said.
"There were four weeks off but in reality we only had one and a half weeks to respond to Hockenheim. What we learned will make a little difference here, but we will see more at the races after that."