Mercedes has confirmed that Michael Schumacher will use a completely different chassis in Spain in three weeks time.

Schumacher endured another frustrating race in China on Sunday and was again comprehensively beaten by his team-mate, Nico Rosberg. Indeed post-race, Schumacher admitted he was 'frustrated', adding that it was 'one of those races that you do not want to remember, like the whole weekend really' [see separate story - click here].

It appears though, that the record-breaking multiple F1 world champion, might have been held back by some sort of car issue - and after saying post-race that they will have to 'investigate' what the problems were, it seems the Brackley-based outfit will take a brand new chassis to Barcelona for the 41-year-old to utilise.

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"Don't worry: Michael has not forgotten how to drive," Mercedes boss, Norbert Haug told reporters according to German broadcaster Sky. "I think we need to replace his chassis for Barcelona."

Schumacher has scored only 10 points so far this season, following a sixth place finish in Bahrain and two tenths, one in China on Sunday and the other in Australia. He currently languishes down in tenth place in the drivers' championship. Rosberg in contrast has notched up 50 points in the sister car, thanks to two thirds and two fifths, and is second in the standings, 10 points behind Jenson Button.