Having reached a nadir in 2014, failing to win a race for the first time since 1993, Ferrari went through a restructure and has been on the rise over the past two seasons. This year was predicted to be the one when it would be back on terms with its rivals, pushing for wins and a championship.
Yet Ferrari has not reached Mercedes' levels of performance in 2016, and with company president Sergio Marchionne demanding results, the pressure is yet again building at Maranello.
In Hungary each Ferrari failed to beat a Red Bull across the line, while being miles off Mercedes' pace. Then this week came the news that technical director James Alison would leave the team with immediate effect.