Sebastian Vettel will have a new race chassis for the race in Spain, with Red Bull claiming it is a routine change.

The current World Champion has struggled this season as the new regulations have come into effect. The Renault engine lacks power compared to its Mercedes counterpart, and his team mate's better pace has seen the German play second fiddle to Daniel Ricciardo. One podium from four races is a disaster after four consecutive title wins.

"Sebastian will get a new chassis for Barcelona, which was scheduled at the start of the season and then the next one will be for Dan at some time around Silverstone," the team's chief designer Rob Marshall told the Red Bull website.

"Normally 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."

Will a chassis change benefit Vettel? "It shouldn't," Marshall said. "The idea is that they are all the same. Drivers don't always want to change them - they can get attached to a particular chassis and when they are on a good run they like to hang on to it for as long as possible."

Given his poor start to the season, Vettel will have no little argument against jettisoning his old chassis. A change is as good as a rest, as they say!

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