Vettel to use old chassis in Spain

By on Thursday, May 8, 2014
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Sebastian Vettel will be given a different chassis this weekend as he bids to close the gap on championship leader Nico Rosberg.

Vettel has played second fiddle to Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo across the past couple of Formula 1 races and will revert back to a chassis he used in testing in order to fix his issues.

"I think we concluded after China, where we were quite a little bit behind to change the chassis, so actually it’s not a new chassis, it’s an old one that we used in testing in the winter, and we have some experience with it," he said.

"It’s more a sanity check rather than a real problem with the other chassis. So it’s just to try everything we can and basically reset and start again. Obviously there is still a lot of work ahead of us, as I mentioned after the first couple of races, maybe I’m not as happy as I want to be but it’s a long process, a lot of things have changed and I think we need to be patient."

Vettel added that he and Red Bull must simply achieve the maximum result possible at every race.

"You have to be realistic and the target is always to get the maximum out of yourself, out of the car, out of the package that you have," he said.

"And you can get a lot of satisfaction if you achieve that. So, it means basically if a podium is in reach or P5 is the best you can do then you need to ensure to become fifth. If you then become seventh it is not satisfying. But surely, ultimately we are here to win. That’s the target but obviously you know much better what’s going on inside your team and how competitive you are.

"So there’s a lot of things that need to come together. Right now, obviously, we have Mercedes in a very, very strong position. Difficult to beat but never impossible."


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