Ferrari says it is focusing on improving its one-lap performance following a disappointing season opener in Australia. The team's deputy technical director Pat Fry said:

"After the opening round in Australia, we have spent a lot of time analysing all the data acquired in Melbourne and one clear fact is that our race pace there was definitely better than the one we had in qualifying. Much of that was down to how our car uses its tyres, so a major part of the analysis has focussed on looking at our one-lap performance, when compared to long run performance in the race.

"In addition, we have looked at that other important factor, aerodynamics, to see in which areas we can unlock more of the car's potential. The results of all these studies have provided us with the basis of a test programme which we will be working through in Malaysia. After analysing qualifying and race data from Melbourne, there are already things we plan to change and improve for Malaysia. These will be added in to an already busy pre-planned test programme with further aerodynamic updates that were always planned for this race. But we have also added a further three or four test items and probably there will be even more new parts to test arriving in the few days between the Malaysia and China races. It's a case of constant development throughout the season."