The various strands of the Ferrari Formula 1 team still need to work more closely together, despite sharing a single Italian base, according to new team principal Marco Mattiacci.
The former CEO of Ferrari North America has conducted a thorough review of the Scuderia's working practices since taking over from Stefano Domenicali ahead of April's Chinese Grand Prix.
The high levels of cooperation between Mercedes' separate engine and chassis bases at Brackley and Brixworth are considered crucial to its success this season, suggesting a team like Ferrari - with a single base in Maranello - should also have had an advantage under this year's new rules.
But Mattiacci refuted this suggestion when quizzed by AUTOSPORT.
"What you say is counter intuitive; [that teams based] all in the same place should be faster than people that are [separate]. It is not necessarily [the case]," he said, when asked by AUTOSPORT why teams with separate chassis and engine bases, such as Mercedes and Red Bull, might be making faster decisions than Ferrari.
"It's not just the decision of process, it is the way people cooperate with each other.
"It is not because if you have different geographical areas that necessarily [you] should be slower than teams in the same building like we are.
"We are working very much on that area. We have to be more reactive, and we have to be more integrated."
Four-time world champion and ex-Ferrari driver Alain Prost recently suggested traditional F1 teams like Ferrari needed to rethink their approach in order to return to the top of the sport.
Mattiacci addressed Ferrari staff at Maranello on Tuesday, outlining his plan to revamp the Scuderia by making it more innovative, and getting it to operate more efficiently and quickly.
Mattiacci reckons Ferrari is making progress, but that it will take time to turn the fortunes of such a big team around.
"When you take a company [the size of Ferrari] I don't think that if in one month you see progress that you need Marco Mattiacci," he told AUTOSPORT.
"There is much work to do but we are definitely moving in the right direction.
"There is a very strong dialogue with all my colleagues and I think there's a mutual understanding that we need to improve.
"Motivation is at a good level."
Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo's call to arms for Bernie Ecclestone to hold a meeting on the future of Formula 1 has reignited debate about the state of the sport.
While early-season criticisms about new fuel-efficiency rules have been quelled by some exciting races, di Montezemolo has maintained his stance that things are amiss.
In his letter to Ecclestone last week, he makes it clear that there are several areas where he thinks F1 has taken a 'wrong turn'.
But rather than simply speaking out about where he believes F1 should be doing better, di Montezemolo has suggested an action plan.
He wants a gathering of F1's key players - including teams, media, and even companies not currently directly involved such as Google and Apple - at Ferrari's Maranello headquarters in the week before the Italian Grand Prix.
The three key issues that have prompted di Montezemolo's worries:
While Formula One’s troupe arrived in Bahrain to rain, of all things, Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo flew to London for a secret summit with Bernie Ecclestone to discuss problems with this season’s controversial regulations and the future ownership of the whole billion-dollar sport.
Luca Di Montezemolo is concerned that viewing figures in Europe fell for last weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix, reflecting Ferrari’s online poll that found 78 per cent of the 35,000-plus respondents did not like the new formula.
The Ferrari president told Ecclestone that the new regulations, including the 100kg per hour fuel flow regulation that saw Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo disqualified in Australia, are too complex and argued against a cost cap.
The two men decided to hold a meeting with FIA president Jean Todt in the Bahrain paddock on Saturday in an attempt to find a quick resolution.
Also under discussion in London was whether Ecclestone, with the involvement of teams such as Ferrari, Red Bull, McLaren and Mercedes, might buy back a majority holding in the sport.
In Bahrain, organisers are hoping for a peaceful weekend following the anti-government protests which forced the 2011 race to be abandoned.
There were no reports of problems from any of the teams arriving in Bahrain on Wednesday. The only visible change from last year are concrete blocks along the hard shoulder of the road to the circuit.
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Lewis Hamilton took a dominant win in the Malaysian GP to lead Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg to a one-two finish.
Hamilton was in control from the start, converting his pole position into a lead at the first corner and controlling the race.
Rosberg was unable to keep up, and concentrated on ensuring he stayed ahead of Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel.
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso took fourth after Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo hit trouble.
Force India's Nico Hulkenberg was fifth.
Ricciardo was running fourth as he came in for his third pit stop on lap 40, with 16 laps to go.
But he left the pits before the left-front wheel had been properly secured and the Australian had to stop in the pit lane and be pulled back by his mechanics for the wheel to be properly attached.
The delay cost him an entire lap to Alonso, who had been close behind when Ricciardo pitted. Three laps later Ricciardo suffered a further blow when his Red Bull's right front wing mount failed and he had to tour round almost an entire lap before pitting for it to be replaced. He retired with five laps to go.
A good start by the Australian from fifth on the grid put had him third on the first lap behind the Mercedes and ahead of Vettel and Alonso.
Vettel passed him at the start of lap three and Alonso followed closely until the first pit stops.
Stopping one lap earlier than Ricciardo meant Alonso was narrowly ahead as the Australian emerged from the pits but the Red Bull re-passed the Ferrari into Turn Two and was able to edge ahead more effectively than during the first stint, holding the position until hitting trouble.