BARCELONA, 8th May 2014 (F1 Plus / Rosie Baillie) - Current world champion Sebastian Vettel is reverting to an old chassis for the Spanish Grand Prix to make sure there’s ‘nothing wrong’ and to try and rule out an issue.
The team announced that Vettel would have a new chassis for the Spaniard Grand Prix and commented that the change was ‘scheduled at the start of the season’.
During Thursday’s driver press conference Vettel said that the decision had been made following the Chinese Grand Prix as a ‘sanity check’.
“I think we concluded after China, where we were quite a little bit behind to change the chassis, so it’s not a new chassis, it’s an old one that we used in testing in the winter,” he said.
“It’s more a sanity check rather than a real problem with the other chassis.”
“We decided, as I said before, to change back to an older chassis just to make sure nothing is wrong. Just to see, or basically change the things that you can, to have a reset and try again.”
“We don’t think that there was anything wrong with the old chassis but nevertheless we decided to change, so if so we should get an answer this weekend.”
The German driver also said that oversteer was part of the problem but trying to fix that is complex.
“I think in general I don’t mind when the rear’s moving so I don’t mind suffering or having oversteer in the car.”
“But if it is too much obviously if it starts to bother you when the car slides too much, then you find yourself correcting more than actually being able to push or get the maximum out of the car.”
“There’s lots of reasons behind it so it would be nice to have just one problem and one fix for that but obviously it got a lot more complex this year.”