The 2019 season has been a continuous series of disappointments for Ferrari, and Friday's failed attempt to review Sebastian Vettel's Canadian Grand Prix penalty was a stark reminder that even when the car can beat Mercedes, it doesn't. Practice in France was another blow for Ferrari.
As team principal Mattia Binotto said ahead of the weekend, the updates brought here are important not only for performance but also - and more significantly - because they have the potential to validate Ferrari's longer-term development strategy.
Being behind Mercedes on pace was to be expected, but pacesetter Valtteri Bottas was 0.649 seconds quicker than the lead Ferrari of Charles Leclerc. Vettel, who was just behind Leclerc having aborted his first qualifying simulation lap after running wide, gave about as positive a verdict about Friday practice as the FIA stewards did in rejecting Ferrari's request to re-open the Canada penalty debate.