Vettel set for new chassis at Monza

Thursday 28th August, 2014 - 10:31am


Sebastian Vettel to receive new chassis

Sebastian Vettel to receive new chassis

Reigning Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel will run a new chassis at the Italian Grand Prix next week.

The four-time champion struggled for outright pace in last Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix having qualified on the front row of the grid for only the fourth time this year.

His lack of pace was emphasised by team-mate Daniel Ricciardo going on to win the race, while Vettel was left to settle for fifth position, almost a minute behind the Aussie.

Red Bull has investigated the issue surrounding Vettel’s RB10 and as a result the German will receive a new chassis for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, according to Autosport.

This will be the second time Vettel has changed chassis after undergoing a switch prior to the Spanish Grand Prix.

“A lot of things have gone wrong for him – even this weekend (in Spa) with a spark plug failure on Friday that robbed him of a lot of time,” said Red Bull team boss Christian Horner.

“We need to check to see if anything has actually broken on the car. It was extremely unusual what we saw.”

Red Bull has also confirmed that Vettel will work with a new race engineer in 2015 following the promotion of Guillaume Rocquelin to head of race engineering.

Rocquelin has helped guide Vettel to all four of his world championships and will be replaced by Gianpiero Lambiase, who will join the team from Force India.