May 7, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT
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.
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