NEW LUCK? Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel will use a third chassis for the 2014 season for the Italian GP in September. Image: AFP / Marwan Naamani
LONDON, England - Sebastian Vettel will use his third new chassis of the 2014 season after suffering more mysterious handling problems at the Belgian F1 GP on August 24.Red Bull had already given Vettel a new chassis for May's Spanish GP but it was at Spa-Francorchamps, a race the 27-year-old had won a year earlier, that Vettel notably struggled for pace alongside his on-form team mate and 2014 Belgian GP winner Daniel Ricciardo.
Vettel, referring to Spa and as quoted by Sport Bild, said: "I can't explain why my car could not compete with Daniel's at this race but there must be something. The cars are identical so should have the same performance."
Team official Helmut Marko agreed. He was quoted by Auto Bild Motorsport as saying: "It is not normal for Sebastian to lose so much time to Daniel. I can understand how frustrated he is, especially as his team mate won.
"We will build a new chassis for him as quickly as possible."
Meanwhile, Red Bull has confirmed reports that Vettel's long-time race engineer Guillaume 'Rocky' Rocquelin has been promoted to be chief engineer for 2015 as Adrian Newey takes a step back.
Vettel's new race engineer will be Gianpiero Lambiase, currently working with Sergio Perez at Force India. Marko said: "Seb has had a long chat with Lambiase and they hit it off immediately."Stay with Wheels24 for the 2014 F1 season – fresh reports every day.