Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Vettel set to receive new chassis

(Frederic Le Floc'h/DPPI for Renault Sport F1)

Reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel looks set to be given a new chassis according to Red Bull Motorsport adviser, Dr Helmut Marko. 

The quadruple world champion has struggled to get to grips with the new RB10 since the opening race of the season in Australia after completing dominating Formula One since winning his first world title for the Milton Keynes based squad in 2010.

Vettel is currently in 5th place in the Driver's championship on 33 point's, 3 behind Sahara Force India's Nico Hulkenberg. The German heads to the Spanish Grand Prix in two week's time 43 point's behind championship leader Nico Rosberg and off the back of being beaten by team mate Daniel Ricciardo in the past two Grand Prix outings in Bahrain and China.

Speaking on Wednesday, Dr Marko said:

'When downshifting, Sebastian needs a stable rear for his special style of driving. With all the new systems, he doesn't have that yet, We don't understand why Vettel's tyre wear was so much higher than Ricciardo's.'

Speaking to German's Bild newspaper Marko explained that the Milton Keynes based outfit are investigating whether or not Vettel's chassis has a fault. The Austrian also confirmed that the are currently building another chassis and that when it is ready it will be Vettel who gets it.

It is unclear however as to when the new chassis will be available as once a new chassis has been completed before it can be raced it must firstly undergo the mandatory FIA crash tests. 

©Ben Johnston 2014

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