It looks like Michael Schumacher might not be the only driver to get a new chassis

Sébastien Buemi has apparently requested his bosses at Toro Rosso if a new STR5 chassis can be built up for him ahead of the next round of the 2010 championship in Spain.

The Swiss driver had a dreadful weekend in China. His front suspension failed in a spectacular way in the opening practice session, and he was latter collected on the opening lap of the race by Vitantonio Liuzzi’s out-of-control Force India on the opening lap of the race.

In earlier races, he was also collected by Kamui Kobayashi’s out-of-control Sauber on the opening lap of the race in Australia, and again damaged his front wing against the back of the Japanese driver in Malaysia.

It is reported that his STR5 chassis has not actually suffered any lasting damage in any of the accidents, but Buemi has still apparently requested the change, according to France’s Auto Hebdo.

The outlet claims that the move is more “psychological” so the 21-year-old can end this perceived run of bad luck.

When he spoke with the Swiss newspaper Blick after the Chinese race, Buemi joked: "First I need to go and see the Pope and then to Lourdes. I need to get better luck in some way!"

With his team-mate Jaime Alguersuari having benefited from most of the better results so far – picking up a point in Malaysia with an outstanding display of aggressive driving – one hopes that Buemi’s fortunes can turn around soon…

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Richard Bailey

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