Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene says he has started to see the green shoots of recovery at Maranello now the team is under a new technical structure.
Technical director James Allison left the team in July, leading to the promotion of Mattia Binotto from head of power units to chief technical officer. Under Binotto's leadership Enrico Cardile, who formally worked on Ferrari's GT project, has been appointed as head of aerodynamics and the team's engineering departments have been restructured to encourage more creative thinking among their workforce.
Although the team failed in its pre-season objective of winning races and taking the fight to Mercedes, Arrivabene says a strong qualifying performance at the Japanese Grand Prix and a podium at the final race in Abu Dhabi are proof of progress.
"Our 2017 [season] began last August with the major change on the technical front" Arrivabene said. "People expect a lot from Ferrari, wins and success, therefore we will do our utmost to achieve that.
"Ever since the new structure was put in place, with a great engineer like Mattia Binotto in charge, we have seen positive signs, as in Japan and Abu Dhabi. I am not going to make any predictions, but I know the guys are working very hard and all pulling together."
The engineering shake-up was instigated after a series of high-level crisis meetings chaired by Ferrari's CEO Sergio Marchionne earlier this year. The Italian-Canadian has been outspoken about the team's disappointing results this season, but says he is willing to give Binotto's new structure time to bed in.
"I think the change in August represents the beginning of the refounding of our sporting management," Marchionne said. "We need to give the guys time: they are working very well and we will see what they bring us, but I believe this is the solution.
"I have utmost faith in Mattia Binotto, for what he has been able to do in his career with Ferrari and what he is doing now managing the technicians."