Sebastian Vettel will contest this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix with a brand new RB10 chassis, the Red Bull Racing team has confirmed.

The four-time World Champion has endured a difficult start to his 2014 campaign, and following a troubled outing last time out at the Chinese Grand Prix, it prompted speculation that the German’s chassis might be at fault.

Perhaps adding weight to that suggestion, the team has confirmed that he will receive a new tub this weekend.

“Sebastian will get a new chassis for Barcelona, which was scheduled at the start of the season,” the team’s chief designer, Rob Marshal, confirmed.

“ormally 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,” he added.

While each chassis is built to the same design ethos, it has been known for subtleties in their construction to create a different driving ‘feel’. Perhaps this could be a factor behind Vettel’s less than traditionally competitive performances, particularly against his new teammate Daniel Ricciardo?

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