• Ferrari confirms a new engine for 2021.
• The team is in a slump in 2020, nowhere near the top of the field.
• Ferrari had a relatively strong weekend in Germany.
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There are signs of life amid Ferrari's 2020 competitive slump.
With parts added to the uncompetitive car at Sochi and again at the Nürburgring - and more new parts coming for Portimao in two weeks - Charles Leclerc qualified a surprising fourth and finished in a commendable seventh in the race.
Leclerc said: "Perhaps the upgrades are making a small but decisive difference."
There is also hope for further progress in 2021, especially as the weakest link of this year's Maranello-made package is the power unit.
Team boss Mattia Binotto said at the Nürburgring: "Next year we will have a completely new engine that has been running on the bench for months and providing a good response. And then the new aerodynamic regulations will force everyone to practically remake the cars in the rear area.
"Closing the gap to Mercedes will be practically impossible next year, but the goal is certainly to be much more competitive than we are at the moment. We have some parts to complete the package in two weeks, and everything is a refinement of the current project aimed at finding confirmation for the path to take for 2021."