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Ferrari reveal ambitious plan to challenge Red Bull

Ferrari Team Principal Fred Vasseur has put the Scuderia's upgrade path on the table ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix.

Ferrari has revealed ambitious plans to add upgrades to its car at every race for the remainder of the F1 season. The Scuderia has secured just one pole position and one podium after a difficult start to the season in which its qualifying pace has outshone its high-fuel performance. Upgrades were tilted towards last weekend's cancelled Emilia Romagna Grand Prix and have been carried over to this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix, though a more intensive package will be introduced at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya next week. "We are not planning to bring a big package each five races," Team Principal Frederic Vasseur told media, including RacingNews365.com . “We will bring small update every single race. And I don't want to say that it's Barcelona or nothing. After Barcelona we will have a small update in Montreal, and another one in UK/Austria. "We are planning to bring updates every single race until the end of the season." Ferrari Racing Director Laurent Mekies, who leaves the team to become AlphaTauri Team Principal for 2024, added: "We obviously have carried over the steps that were planned for Imola here, so there is a few small new things on the car. "In terms of approach, Fred has made it very clear we will go for the continuous improvement sort of approach rather than betting everything on a giving package. "Yes, there are more substantial things coming to Barcelona, but in general, we will be able to bring everything we can race in, race out until the end of the season."

Carlos Sainz topped FP1 in Monaco with the weekend providing the best opportunity yet for Ferrari, Aston Martin and Mercedes to put a halt to Red Bull's dominant start. The Italian outfit will be particularly optimistic given Charles Leclerc has been fastest in qualifying in the past two years. "Is it an opportunity? Yes, it is, mainly because we didn't have everything it takes to win on the other tracks this season," said Mekies. "This is an opportunity because of how specific the layout is and the nature of the track, it seems our car is performing a little bit better in these very slow-speed combinations. "If you add to that the fact that in qualifying, we have been performing better than in the race and knowing how important qualifying is around here, it gives us a little bit more scope to close the gap to the guys in front. "Is it enough to talk about wins, it is far too early in the weekend and I think we just need to make sure everyone stays concentrated on going step by step and extracting everything we can."

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