The French GP was a disaster for Ferrari, as Leclerc's retirement gifted Verstappen an easy victory and the chance to extend his lead in the championship to 63 points.
A variety of errors have been responsible for Ferrari's demise this season, losing critical points due to poor strategy (Monaco and Silverstone) alongside reliability problems (Spain, Baku).
Leclerc's errors have been relatively infrequent this season. Still, the potential race victory thrown away at Paul Ricard means a title charge for the Monegasque will be something of a mission impossible.
Mattia Binotto, Ferrari team principal, made the Scuderia's intentions for the Hungarian GP clear post-race:
"If you would have asked me before this race what was the gap to Red Bull or Max, I couldn't answer to you because I'm not looking [at other teams].
"What we are focused on is trying to go at each single race and get the maximum results from it. And it didn't happen here in Paul Ricard.
"There is always something to improve and learn, and that's our approach. It's step by step; we are progressing and becoming better.
"Once again, today, we have proved to our drivers that we have a fast car and a competitive one.
"I think we are simply looking to Hungary, we need to turn the page and look to Hungary and do a one-two, so we simply focus on the next result.
"I will say there is plenty of reason we need to smile and be positive because our objective going in Hungary should be not for a win, but a one-two."
A 1-2 finish at the Hungarian GP will likely improve the mood at the Ferrari camp going into the summer break, but it will not be enough to compensate for the team's failures this season.
Ferrari sits 82 points behind Red Bull in the constructors, and whilst there will still be opportunities to close the gap, it seems a near impossible task for the Italian squad.