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Vettel to get new chassis for Spanish GP

May 7, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT

Sebastian Vettel AP

Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel will get a new chassis for this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix, the team confirmed Wednesday.

“Sebastian will get a new chassis for Barcelona, which was scheduled at the start of the season and then the next one will be for Dan (Ricciardo) at some time around Silverstone,” said Rob Marshall, Red Bull’s chief designer, via the team’s official website.

Marshall expanded a bit on Red Bull’s planned upgrades, as most of the Formula One paddock shifts their cars to version 2.0 after the four flyaway races to kick off the season.

“The cars have been on the other side of the globe for the first quarter of the year and teams’ R&D departments will have been busy coming up with large upgrade packages to bolt on the car for the first time in Spain,” he said. “They will often compromise whole body work packages, so the floor, engine cover, front wings and rear wings, potentially new suspension components and various other bits and bobs.”

Through four races, Vettel has not sustained the same pace advantage versus Ricciardo with the new-for-2014 car as he had against prior teammate Mark Webber in the previous era last year.

But with the new chassis, expect a re-armed Vettel to be back and attempting to stop the Mercedes juggernaut that has opened the season with the first four wins.

  1. techmeister1 - May 7, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    You can bet that Red B.S. Racing will do all that they can to prop up the golden boy’s shattered ego even going so far as to pull a “Webber” on Ricciardo and detune his power unit or have the mechanics forget how to tighten the wheel nuts – AGAIN. If Seb finally comes to grips with the new formula cars then they’ll blame his previous car as the real problem, not his lack of driving ability.

    • coldferrin - May 7, 2014 at 8:30 PM

      This is common in all forms of racing especially Formula One where building chassis are time and resource intensive and they can’t build two at the same time.

      • techmeister1 - May 7, 2014 at 10:43 PM

        That’s not the point. The point is Seb is being out driven by his teammate badly this year.

        If needed they could have a new chassis in a week but they are always testing the used chassis for fatigue and building a new chassis with tweaks to improve performance.

  2. manik56 - May 8, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    I will take Vettel’s pedigree over DR any day of the week. It has only been four races. I can’t believe we are even having comments like the ones above.

  3. drivingfarce - May 8, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    It makes complete sense for a team to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on their team and then detune an engine and purposefully loosen lug nuts. Sponsors love that stuff.

    DR is faster right now. Vettel doesn’t like it & he IS acting a bit childish at the moment. Red Bull wants the championship, but cares not which driver achieves it. They will look at the times and favor the faster driver.

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