Vettel To Use New Chassis In Barcelona
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Posted By:   |  08 May 2014   |  10:47 am GMT  |  166 comments

Sebastian Vettel is to use a new chassis for this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix as the Formula One season enters its European leg, but the team insist the change was scheduled rather than being made due to the champion’s difficult start to 2014.

After a problematic pre-season testing programme, the RB10 has proven to be one of the strongest cars in the field during the fly-away races, enjoying superior aerodynamic performance and challenging for the front row at every event. Although they sit 97 points adrift of championship leaders Mercedes, upgrades to both the chassis and Renault’s power-unit should give them a chance to fight with Mercedes in the upcoming races.

“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, some time around Silverstone,” said the team’s Chief Designer, Rob Marshall.

Chassis changes such as this occur frequently over the course of a season, mainly through improvements seen in the wind tunnel and occasionally due to a defect, as seen on Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari following the Bahrain Grand Prix.

“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,” added Marshall.

“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.”

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I can’t wait to see Vettel’s face when he gets out qualified by RIC on Saturday. This weekend will be great, fireworks going off in a few teams I reckon.


Williams tried that a couple years back, but it didn’t turn out so well.


This new chassis every ones going on about is an old one from testing in winter,yet they would have us believe it is a sheduled new chassis.

which report is true!!!

kenneth chapman

@ plantsman… don’t ask red bull, they obviously don’t know. 4 x WCC’s in and they still can’t get it straight.


You are rather too vocal when it comes to Vettel having issues.

kenneth chapman

@ rockie…..are you offended then? what a shame. i have never disguised the fact that i enjoy the fact that vettel has issues. it is called ‘kharma’ and the fact that i am all ‘fingered out’ by the cheat. i would be quite happy to never ever see him on the podium again.

yes, he has won 4 WDC’s and he is no doubt a very good driver but it is vettel himself that i dislike intensely. i am not a team man, never have been. i am a follower of drivers and i despise drivers who cheat.

just for the record, ‘schadenfreude’ is alive and well and living at my residence. hahaha

schadenfreude is alive and well at my residence


All this tech and they can’t find a crack in a chassis? Can someone explain why?


It’s easy: Just pour a lot of water into the chassis and watch where it leaks out.

So simple a child could do it 🙂


There isn’t one… this is just to divert the attention from the fact that Vettel is nothing without Newey and a poorly run FIA, that is killing racing.


Good point by Rockie, plus I’d add that Vettel still enjoys the dubious advantage of a poorly run FIA.



Newey designed this years car as well FYI.


Hi James

Vettel is quoted as saying that the chassit is an old chassis used in winter testing. He also says that they took the decision after the China.

this appears to completely contradict the statement that has been given which you have reported!

Can we all agree this is fishy as I can’t believe that seb…who is said to pay close attention to every detail doesn’t know If his chassis is new or old, scheduled or not!

kenneth chapman

@ joshua…hahahaa you are so right.


I’m not a Vettel fan but obviously something has not been right with his cars chassis for him to have struggled as he has. But time will tell.


There is indeed something wrong with his chassis… blown floor.


Lol – it’s funny ’cause it’s true 🙂


It turns out Vettel is going to use an OLD, albeit different chassis, last used in pre-season testing. This should put a lid on all this Red Bull conspiracy talk (which is getting a bit old). The purpose of giving Vettel a different chassis was never about giving him a better one to get an edge over Ricciardo. It’s only a way to rule out that the issue bugging Vettel is not coming from the chassis.

kenneth chapman

@ joan…you say that it was never designed to give vettel a better chassis to get an edge over ricciardo. if the chassis on both cars is identical[ or as close as it is possible to do] according to red bull then why would giving vettel an old chassis make any difference. horner has said that the differences between vettel and ricciardo are down to vettel’s driving style? are you saying that horner is telling porkies?


is that the RB10 mk3,or RB13?…


I just found it on e-bay: It’s a pre-loved second-hand RB10.2 sans fictional chassis crack.


Now that F1 has come to its back yard in 2014 one has the feeling come Monday the 12th,J.A site will be inudated with expressions of an different kind.sach as Whoa,unbelievable,and so on,I believe couple drivers that will come of age are Vettel and Raikkonen.


Well, as th rb10 is touted as th best aerodynamic car on grid and ricciardo is doing reasonably well… If nothing comes out of the “new chassis” thn maybe its mre thn just a ‘conspiracy’ that vettel struggles to race through the pack… Let’s face it, even crashdonado won a race from pole


Didn’t Hamilton have a chasis change towards the end of last year with Mercedes after a few races being beaten by Rosberg and he felt much more comfortable in the car?

Maybe we’ll see this from Vettel too.


Perhaps we should call it a monocoque or “tub” because “chassis” is also being used to refer to the whole car minus the power plant (as in “Red Bull has the best chassis”)?

Today’s quote from Vettel is that it’s one they previously used in testing.


The world is such a funny place. A guy who has dedicated his entire life to a sport, has been successful in every level he has competed. From karting, to the lower formulae, to f1. After 4 yrs of continuous success and becoming the youngest man to do just about everything of note in the sport, people find it hard to give him credit. But just after 4 lackluster races, people immediately conclude that hes a loser.

That said, i feel that vettel is making excuses in various interviews because hes failing. In psychology class, people call it a defense mechanism. Thats so true not only in sport but also in life. After a failure, people immediately say “oh, i did not try” or “i did not try cause i dont need this” instead of saying “i will try my best next time”. And that i think is the biggest problem vettel has.

kenneth chapman

@ multi 21. ‘yes mark, i apologise, i didn’t know what i was doing’…. ‘yes i would do the same again, mark didn’t deserve to win’

‘tough luck’…. 4 x WDC’shouldn’t have to be told to move over, or should they?

sometimes reality bites.

kenneth chapman

oops sorry, should read @ kimberley…


Hasn’t Seb always started the season slow except for 2011? Why does he never get the benefit of the doubt?

2010 – didn’t lead the championship until the last race.

2012 – had to overhaul Alonso’s 40 point lead in the third leg of the season

2013 – did not win “conclusively” until Bahrain

I think his critics should wait until the end of the season to call him overrated.

I know I am because I like Hamilton and I’m waiting until the chequered flag in Abi Dhabi to hand Lewis the WDC. A lot can happen between Catalunya and Yaz Marina.


this again? seriously? Vettel had 2 dnfs from certain victory in 2010. Another problem dropped him from 1st to 4th in bahrain. Don’t get me started on hamilton puncturing his tire in silverstone or broken anti roll bars. That’s the only reason people think vettel “got off to a slow start” in 2010.

2012: if you actually remember vettel had pace on webber during races almost all the time except for maybe china.

2013 is not worth talking about.


Exactly. Slow starts.


” the team insist the change was scheduled rather than being made due to the champion’s difficult start to 2014.”

Of course it is.


Throw Seb out with his chassis I want Daniel and Kvyat teamed up at RBR next year that’s a super team!


funny guy


ppl make such a big deal about Vettels slump!

its only 2 races his done badly! Australia his car was no where near performing on the same level as Ricciardos and the same in Bahrain!Malaysia he comfortably beat Ricciardo so its only really China that he got beat!Besides he still has more points then Ricciardo

The thing is ppl seem to forget Hamilton lost it for an entire flippin season in 2009 and got beat by 1 of the slowest drivers in F1 nevermind Ricciardo!In 2009 Hamilton lost the plot he had a mental breakdown and throwing tantrums like a little teeny girl and crashing into anyone who got near him mostly massa haha!

Vettel in my opinion is still the best driver in F1 and he IS BETTER THEN HAMILTON!

and I don’t give a crap what anyone else says!

When Vettel retires his stats will speak themselves!

With Hamilton another mental breakdown is only around the corner!haha!

It’s a matter of time before Nicole dumps him again!


“When Vettel retires his stats will speak themselves!”

People will mostly gloss over the stats and remember the person and the ‘competitor’ they were. Hardboiled statsmongers will remember the separation of stats between SV & other multi-championship winners, but the rest of us will remember the personal legacy and imprint he leaves on the sport. Recent years stat collection haven’t really helped that legacy, but that hasn’t been just SV’s fault either. RBR have had a plan revolving around self-promotion and a bit-player to that end. It is, however, a contrast to other RB sponsored sportspeople and teams in other disciplines. Again, not really all SV’s fault. Just that SV’s actions and statements have very much at times been off-message and contradictory, as well as also very situationally open and very becoming of a person (example being his personal prescence at the Laureus awards) and cleary on-message. I’ve stated before the general public have very short and unreliable memories, but we will amplify and memory imprint the most negative aspects especially if they are repeated and become the most interesting aspect of the particular sportsperson. His persona is essentially his to define, and you’d have to say the media will amplify the most interesting aspect in their interests also. So why not give the best side of you to that image machine as also being the most interesting?


at the end of the day stats do matter!

50 years down the line hardly anyone will remember how you drove but they will have your stats to look up and remind them of how good you were.

Besides being a great driver and stats are directly linked.

There are almost Zero drivers in the history of F1 who have great stats but where useless drivers and vice verse!

At the end of the day stats do matter because its the only way to measure your achievements!

How Vettel behaves and says is irrelevant (unless u have mental breakdown like Hamilton)! What matter is what he achieves when his finally done with F1!

F1 drivers are there to win not to win noddy badges or the boy scout of the year award!


I thought you said you didn’t give a crap what anyone else said 😉


Or is it marko?

kenneth chapman

it’s not mark webber!


Seb?! Is that you?

Kenneth M'Boy

James, a bit off topic but is there any talk about who will get Mercs engine next year when McLaren go to Honda? Will Merc supply a new team and do you think Red Bull will start showing major interest if they show little improvement after this upgrade weekend?


A return of the Sauber Mercedes name would be sweet!


Good question. I will find out


I think that the owners are desperate to rescue Vettel, otherwise the idea he was WDC despite being unexceptional because he had the best car might catch hold.

It wouldn’t be true, not entirely, but in the brand wars Red Bull Central might think differently.

kenneth chapman

@ witan….yes, i agree. however i do feel as though we will see a resurgent vettel either at barca or monaco at the latest. something will have to give. can’t have the ‘kid’ heaping more ‘merde’ onto our 4 x WDC uber meister ad infinitum.


A move to keep toys in the pram for longer?
We shall see it it helps Seb catch Danny.

I find it rather amusing. [mod]


Good comment Kenneth Chapman. Sunday afternoon should be even more interesting.

kenneth chapman

@ MR,……many thanks for that. after my senna comments i was waiting for a knock on the door around midnight hahaha


Will she still be called Suzie*?

(*) The name of his car at the start of 2014.


Because Suzie’s chassis was cracked her name was changed to Easy Suzy in Bahrain. The new car with everything intact will be christened Chastity.


Methinks the Marshall doth protest too much…


Methinks the Marshall doth protest too muc..h.


Vettel has certainly had preferential treatment in the past, but on this occasion I don’t actually think there is a big conspiracy of any sort.

I imagine RB are only able to manufacture 1 new chassis by the race this weekend. So they need to decide who to give it to, given Vettel has been struggling and there may be a crack in his chassis, why not give it to him?

Even if there isn’t a crack, from a team point of view you want both your drivers to score podiums. Daniel has been doing exceptionally well without the new chassis so by giving it to their poorer performing driver (in this case) Vettel they are just trying to maximise their points.

kenneth chapman

@ vincent….this latest red bull hoo har is descending into utter farce. firstly marko/horner decide that vettel’s chassis ‘may’ have a crack in it hence his less that stellar performances then they say that vettel simply doesn’t have the adaptive skills to match the new cars requirements.

then they say that vettel will get a brand new chassis and this is confirmned by andy marshall who flicks it on as if this is normal after four races irrespective of possible ‘chassis’cracks! read his comments.

now it appears as though vettel will not get a brand new chassis at all and it is an old one from pre season testing!!! honestly, is it any wonder people question what is going on….they can’t even get their in-house comments on an even footing. very strange. someones rattled.



RB have had a terrible communication problem from the start of this season, mixed messages coming from the garage at every turn!

Who knows what Seb will end up with…


It is not a new Chassis. It is a Chassis used in testing before the season’s start. Is that too hard to understand for you?


I thought there must be an explanation as to why Vettel was getting so comprehensively outperformed by Ricciardo.


I would say Dan has been the most exciting driver of the first four events, easily.

Matthew Cheshire

There is. But that explanation is that Vettel’s talent for using oversteer into corners and using the blown diffuser to exit without backing off, is not usable now. The problem is compounded by Riccardo’s affinity with the less stable handling from Torro Rosso. And maybe DR is more adaptable too.

A bad chassis ? Clutching at straws.


There is: Ricciardo is faster.


PS Random, just to say, our commonwealth mates down in AUS are fortunate that Channel 10 broadcasts all the races live – for free! If only the BBC viewers in pommy land were so lucky!

It says on the wikipedia F1 broadcasters page that our mates across the English Channel in La Francais have to pay (weird, as Renault are heavily involved in F1, but there you go), also Canada, South Africa, Denmark, Ireland (Republic), Norway and Sweden have to subscribe to pay TV to watch the races. I’m just going on the info on the Wikipedia page, but if that information is true, that is a huge chunk of the world that does not give free to air/highlights F1 programmes – which is a huge customer base for F1 and the manufacturers being neglected?

Interestingly, apparently free to air F1 races are transmitted in Venezuela………


Yes we are very lucky down here, but then again we also get ad breaks during the broadcast.

Still, I think it works in our favour 🙂

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