Ferrari finished the Belgian Grand Prix weekend in the same abysmal style as free practice and qualifying sessions, failing to score any championship points.
Despite starting with Leclerc in 13th and Vettel in 14th, the drivers only managed to trade places with each other during the seventh race of the 2020 season.
With no points taken away from the weekend, the team is left fifth in the Constructors’ Championship on 61 points and they are now only two points ahead of Renault, who had an outstanding race.
The team has grappled with poor performance since the beginning of the year, and doesn’t show much sign of improving.
Leclerc struggled with a couple of slow pit stops and the team later revealed they had to top-up the pneumatic pressure on his car mid-race.
Vettel found difficulty controlling his Ferrari with a big lock-up after being passed by Pierre Gasly in the AlphaTauri and he even battled with his teammate, Charles Leclerc at one point, touching wheels going through Les Combes.
Both drivers were frustrated with a lack of power they have had to deal with all weekend and speaking to Sky Sports after the race, Leclerc expressed his frustration: “It was extremely frustrating.
“It has been a very difficult weekend for us and the race was not any easier.
“We had issues on the two pitstops I made which made me lose quite a lot of lap time and positions.
“It’s very difficult for us to overtake even with the DRS so we need to work and find something.”
Vettel also added that he hopes their performance is specific to Spa, but acknowledged they have a lot of work to do to understand the issue.
He told Sky Sports: “Spa is one of the most power-sensitive tracks and we struggled this year when it comes to power.
“I think we were behind even the people that we were quite a bit faster especially on race day in the last couple of races.
“I hope it might be a bit Spa specific but we have to work hard.
“There’s a lot of lessons this weekend and we need to make sure we stay strong, stay together and we do the best we can.
“We have two important races coming for the team in the next two weeks and that’s where we focus on but we have to be realistic.
“You cannot expect miracles. The package is what it is. We are not as strong as we would like to be.
“I think we need to stay optimistic and see the good things even if there are not many.
“We need to make sure that we stay calm and don’t get frustrated because frustration usually not leading you anywhere.”
For the team to make their way back to the top of the sport, there will need to be a major rethink.
It is clear that they will not be competing with the leading teams at least for the rest of the 2020 season.
In the short-term, the two red cars are confined to the bottom half of the pack.
Ferrari will hope for a better result at next week’s Italian Grand Prix at Monza – the team’s home race.