Ferrari upgrades coming for Singapore with more planned for later – report

Jamie Woodhouse
Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, with Red Bull's Max Verstappen on track at the Italian Grand Prix. Monza, September 2022.

Ferrari's Charles Leclerc with Red Bull's Max Verstappen on track at the Italian Grand Prix. Monza, September 2022.

Apparently rejuvenated by their Monza display, Ferrari are now reportedly planning two further 2022 upgrades, the first coming for Singapore.

Ferrari now find their title challenge in 2022 effectively over, with the chance that their hopes of a first Drivers’ title since 2007 could be dashed as early as Singapore.

But while for much of the season it was team and at times driver error which allowed Red Bull to pull clear of Ferrari, in recent rounds Red Bull seem to have also eked out a genuine pace advantage over Ferrari across a race distance.

The Belgian Grand Prix was a particular low, where Max Verstappen was six-tenths faster than the quickest Ferrari in qualifying, before utterly dominating on race day.

 

 

There were fears then that Ferrari could be in for a similar thrashing at their home race, the Italian Grand Prix, as Monza joins Spa in being a high-speed, low-downforce circuit.

But, while Verstappen did win the race, by a margin that would have been comfortable without a Safety Car to conclude proceedings, Ferrari were certainly far more competitive than at Spa, having claimed pole via Charles Leclerc on the Saturday.

So, according to the Italian branch of Motorsport.com, this has given Ferrari a spark which was needed to lift the mood at Maranello as they continue to put resources into the 2022 campaign.

They report that for Singapore an upgrade to the floor and the wings will be introduced, with the Singapore Grand Prix “seen as a great opportunity” to end Verstappen’s winning streak at five as Formula 1 action returns to the Marina Bay Street Circuit for the first time since 2019.

And this allegedly is not the final upgrade which Ferrari has planned, as Motorsport.com claim that there is enough space in the budget cap to squeeze out two of them.

The report mentions Mexico as the venue where this second upgrade could be introduced, which would give Ferrari three races with its services.

Motorsport.com state that the focus of the technical department at Ferrari has now switched to the 2023 challenger, though the Scuderia with a pep in their step again want to taste victory once more before the 2022 campaign concludes.

“The season is not over and we will continue to fight for victory,” said team principal Mattia Binotto, adding that the 2023 Ferrari “is coming along nicely”.