Ferrari are planning to give Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz two further upgrades as they try to end Max Verstappen’s win streak.
The Dutchman is currently on course to break the record for most wins in a single season, as well as the record for most consecutive wins.
Sebastian Vettel currently holds the latter on his own, while sharing the former with seven-time champion, Michael Schumacher.
The season started well for the Scuderia, as Charles Leclerc took the season opener in Bahrain, before romping to victory in Melbourne, either side of a Verstappen win in Jeddah.
Because of the vast rate of evolution this year given the new technical regulations, upgrades were always going to play a vital role.
The fact that the budget cap was initially made more stringent this year amplified the importance of bringing the right upgrades at the right time, and Red Bull have done just that.
Verstappen and team-mate, Sergio Perez, have won all of the last 12 races between them since Red Bull brought changes to the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.
While the upgrades they have introduced have certainly made a difference, Leclerc and Sainz have been on pole a combined nine times this season, excluding Verstappen’s grid penalty in Belgium after he went six tenths of a second faster than the Spaniard on the Saturday.
Further, the Scuderia have often had race pace equal to that of their title rivals, but reliability and strategy have been the two main factors that have put a dagger through their title aspirations.
The Italian side took a one-two at the Singapore Grand Prix in 2019 – Vettel’s last win – and that, according to Motorsport.com, is where they intend to introduce an upgrade.
It is a track that should already suit their car, and the Mexican Grand Prix three rounds later, on paper, is set to be a relatively even affair between themselves and Red Bull.
The race at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez is when they are slated by Motorsport.com to be introducing their final evolution of the season.
Verstappen would win the title in Singapore next time out, but he would need to win the race, with Leclerc finishing eighth or lower, and Perez fourth or lower without the fastest lap.