Date: 8th May 2014 at 8:08am
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Sebastian Vettel will be racing with a new RB10 chassis in Spain.

The quadruple Formula One World Champion will make the switch after a poor start to the new 2014 F1 championship.

Whilst Red Bull Racing may not have shown the performance levels of Mercedes, Vettel has struggled to impress against new team-mate Daniel Ricciardo.

The German has been out qualified by his new Australian team-mate three times out of four races and is only ahead of Ricciardo due to the disqualification in Australia.

In fact Vettel has been ordered to move over twice for his team-mate over the past two races, with Ricciardo showing much better form than Vettel.

The new chassis for Vettel was always scheduled for Spain, whilst Ricciardo will have to wait until the British Grand Prix.

‘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, Normally we make four or five chassis during the year, maybe six, so it wouldn’t be unusual for each driver to change at least once or twice during the year. Normally they would use at least two.’ Red Bull team’s chief designer Rob Marshall told the Red Bull website as quoted by Sky Sports.

‘It shouldn’t be [an advantage for Vettel], as the idea is that they are all the same. Drivers don’t always want to change them – they can get attached to a particular chassis and when they are on a good run they like to hang on to it for as long as possible!

‘From our point of view we’d rather give them one or two new chassis during the season that we have been able to check out in the factory using various testing methods.’

 

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