Vettel to get new chassis after problems
24 April 2014 – Sebastian Vettel is to be given a new chassis in an attempt to get on top of his early season struggles.
The reigning World Champion has struggled to adapt under the sport's latest regulation overhaul and recently admitted that new Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo has been outpacing him "fair and square".
Ricciardo beat Vettel to fourth at the Chinese Grand Prix, as the latter struggled with tyre degradation.
"We don't understand why Vettel's tyre wear was so much higher than Ricciardo's," Helmut Marko, a long-time advisor for the Milton Keynes-based squad, is quoted as saying by German magazine Sport Bild.
"We are now investigating whether his chassis was a fault. When a new one is ready, he will get it."
If the chassis is not the cause, Marko admits that it could take a long time for Vettel to fully resolve his issues.
"This year is so complex that even the engineers don't understand everything," he said. "That makes it even harder for Seb to tune the car to his needs. But he is a perfectionist. He will tinker with it until he gets it right."