Although refusing to write off the 2011 title, Ferrari has announced that its full focus will switch to next year's car project in September.
"We have already defined all the updates for the 150 Italia, at least up until mid October," revealed team boss Stefano Domenicali at the summer media event in the Italian Dolomites.
Earlier, he had told the Daily Telegraph: "Our target at the moment is really to stop in September and move to the new project. The more time we can spend on the wind tunnel the better."
Domenicali said the early switch of focus is so that Ferrari can avoid starting a third consecutive championship campaign off the pace of the leaders.
We do not give up until the classification is sealed mathematically
"So this year our priority is to have a much better winter."
Fernando Alonso told publications including Italy's Corriere dello Sport that winning this year's title is "almost impossible".
"Let's face it: difficult, almost impossible. But we do not give up until the classification is sealed mathematically," said the Spaniard, predicting that 2012 for Ferrari will be "entirely different".