Spanish Grand Prix: Ferrari changes Vettel's chassis

Sebastian Vettel, who is leaving Ferrari at the end of the year, is having a tough season and languishing 13th overall with just 10 points from five races so far.

Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel is 13th in the standings after five races.   -  Reuters

Sebastian Vettel will have a new chassis for Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix after Ferrari said on Wednesday it had found damage in the one he used at Silverstone last weekend.

The four-times Formula One world champion, who is leaving Ferrari at the end of the year, is having a tough season and languishing 13th overall with just 10 points from five races so far.

To put that into perspective, Monegasque team mate Charles Leclerc has scored 45 while Germany's Nico Hulkenberg -- a stand-in for Mexican Sergio Perez at Racing Point -- has six from one race.

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“Sebastian will have a new chassis because after the Silverstone post-race analysis we spotted a small fault caused by a heavy impact over a kerb,” said head of chassis engineering Simone Resta.

“It would not have had much of an effect on performance, but it was the logical decision to take.”

Vettel spun after hitting a kerb at the first corner of the opening lap in last Sunday's 70th Anniversary Grand Prix. He finished 12th.

Ferrari's cars are some way off the pace of champion Mercedes and Red Bull. However, the team will otherwise have no major updates for its SF1000 car.

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