It was understandable because a year previously, come the conclusion to what was a nightmare opening day, Felipe Massa had been forced to make one of the most agonising telephone calls of his career.
Massa has made a point over the years of relaying to president Luca di Montezemolo his first impression of a new car, and last year it was not a conversation he wanted to have.
The Brazilian had no choice but to describe the car as "a disaster", one he was left struggling to drive and he found "difficult to keep on track".
As many observers had feared, the car's performance matched its looks which had been described upon its unveiling a few days previously as "ugly" and akin to something Lego would build.
Ferrari spent the rest of pre-season, and the first four grands prix, attempting to correct its many flaws and imperfections.
There was a fluke victory for Fernando Alonso in the second race in Malaysia, but only because of the adverse weather conditions.
Instead the Spaniard's results in Australia, China and Bahrain of fifth, ninth and seventh respectively offered up a truer picture, with qualifying even worse as the car's one-lap pace was virtually non-existent.
If only Ferrari had found a more solid platform on which to build then it would have been Alonso, and not Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, celebrating becoming a three-times champion at the end of last year.
Instead, a dog of a car and such wretched form over those first four races - Malaysia aside, of course - proved defining as the 31-year-old finished a meagre three points behind Vettel.
Once Ferrari managed to get on top of their issues at the final test in early May, and even beyond then the car still only clung on to the coat-tails of its rivals, they were always in the title hunt.
The damage, however, had been done because despite the sheer genius of Alonso behind the wheel - extracting performances that should not have been within the car's reach - he ultimately fell just short.
That was despite finishing on the podium on 12 occasions in the final 16 races, with two other defining and highly damaging moments being the first corner crashes in Belgium and Japan, neither of which were his fault.
So you can imagine the trepidation within the team when Massa rolled this year's car out of the garage for the first time at the Circuito de Jerez on February 5 as pre-season testing roared into life.
Had lessons been learned?
Mercifully for Ferrari this year, it appears they have as Massa's call to Di Montezemolo on this occasion was more positive, mingled with relief.
The 31-year-old, fortunate to be heading into his eighth season with the Maranello marque after a wretched 2012 which only came to life after the summer break, was able to relay to Di Montezemolo that the F138 was on "a completely different planet" to last year's mongrel.
Remarkably, Alonso had to wait a fortnight later for his first taste of the car as he opted to skip the first test, preferring instead to relax after his exertions of last season and build up his fitness.
After a winter of running, cycling and skiing, Ferrari proclaimed their man to be "as fit as an Olympian" and ready for the long haul of the forthcoming campaign.
Alonso, following a first day of 110 laps at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya, was able to echo Massa's "on another planet" remark.
It means there can be no excuses for Ferrari, Alonso and Massa this season.
After tasting the title, but falling agonisingly short in 2010 and again last year, they have to deliver - from the off.
If Ferrari's testing form carries through to the opening race of the year in Australia on March 17 and beyond, Alonso is convinced the title might not be so elusive on this occasion.
"We will be strong in Australia, and that is where we need to be," said Alonso.
"We need to improve on what we did last year because obviously it was not enough. We finished second and we want to finish first.
"To improve on the first part of the year is not going to be too difficult, so we are relatively confident.
"I fought for the championship last year with a car that was two seconds off the pace in the winter.
"So we need to be positive and think that we will fight for the championship again this year if we improve the car a little."
As for Massa, he can expect to play second fiddle to Alonso again, although having said that, following the summer break and over the closing nine races of last year, he was only outscored by 17 points.
Massa sees no reason why he has to be in Alonso's shadow, believing he too can battle all the way for the title.
"What we did in the second part of the championship last year was a bit of training for this season," said Massa.
"I want to be competitive from the start to the end. I want to return to winning and also I hope to be able to fight for the championship.
"I have done this in the past - I have not forgotten how to do this."