Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Vettel set to get a new chassis for the Italian Grand Prix

(Renault Sport F1)

Reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel will get a new chassis for the next race, the Italian Grand Prix at Monza from 5-7 September the Infiniti Red Bull Racing team confirmed today as they attempt to get to the bottom of the issues that have blighted the German's 2014 season. Vettel qualified in 3rd place behind the Mercedes duo of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton but struggled in the Belgian Grand Prix last weekend.

The quadruple world champion went on to finish the race in fifth place behind Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen while his team mate Daniel Ricciardo went on to take his second consecutive race win.

Team boss Christian Horner felt that there was something wrong with the chassis that Vettel used at the Belgian Grand Prix and confirmed that the team would investigate the issue. However they have now decided to give Vettel a new chassis to see if that will solve the problems that Vettel has encountered so far this season.

It will be Vettel's second chassis change of the season after he was given a new one for the Spanish Grand Prix in May. 

The German has struggled compared to Red Bull team mate Daniel Ricciardo so far this season and has just the podium compared to the Australian's six podium finished including his three victories in Canada, Hungary and the last race at the Belgian Grand Prix.

Vettel will be hoping that the new chassis will enable him to be more competitive at the Italian Grand Prix and the following Grand Prix.

© Ben Johnston 2014

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