Vettel: I knew there was something wrong with the chassis

Sebastian Vettel in the cockpit of the 'old' RB10 chassis in China

Sebastian Vettel in the cockpit of the ‘old’ RB10 chassis in China

Sebastian Vettel still believes that there was something wrong with his original Red Bull RB10 chassis, despite assurances from his team that this was not the case.

After Barcelona, where the German impressed at the wheel, using Red Bull’s winter testing monocoque, it was reported that the team had discovered a ‘bend’ in the car with which Vettel struggled during the first four races of 2014.

Red Bull immediately denied the report. But the story has now been repeated by German daily Bild-Zeitung.

Vettel is quoted: “I knew there was something wrong. I had lost all trust under braking for the corners and accelerating out of them.”

Sebastian Vettel in Shanghai

Sebastian Vettel in Shanghai

Helmut Marko, Red Bull’s outspoken director, does not deny Vettel’s claim that something was “not right” with the car Vettel originally dubbed ‘Suzie’.

“The chassis was not really bent, but in some places it just was not one hundred per cent right.”

Marko said that Vettel will stay at the wheel of the winter testing chassis for the time being, “but soon he will get a new one”.

Reigning quadruple world champion Vettel is not even ruling out his first win of the season next weekend in Monaco.

“At Monaco you don’t need as much engine power as you do at other circuits,” he is quoted by SID news agency. “Maybe some rain could help us as well. There is always a chance to win,” added Vettel. (GMM)

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