Mercedes has confirmed that Michael Schumacher will benefit from a new chassis for the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona next weekend.
The seven-time F1 title winner has endured a difficult start to the season having elected to come out of retirement and has managed to pick up just ten points from the first four races of the year.
Schumacher's best result to date is sixth in the season opener in Bahrain while he has yet to qualify higher than seventh. In the same four races, team-mate Nico Rosberg has amassed 60 points thanks to two podium finishes, and hasn't qualified lower than sixth on the grid.
Mercedes are due to bring in a series of improvements on the W01 for the Spanish event, including an improved aerodynamic package and an increased wheel-base in an attempt to improve handling.
As well as those improvements, Schumacher will also receive a new chassis for the first race of the European season which the team hopes will lead to an upturn in fortunes.
"It's not a new chassis per se, it's a chassis we used in testing," team principal Ross Brawn told Reuters
. "The one he had got damaged during the first few races and we repaired it as best we could at the races. But now we are back at base we are going to re-introduce the test chassis and he will be using that in Barcelona."
Brawn admitted that Mercedes – and Schumacher - hadn't yet performed as hoped during the 2010 campaign but said that the German shouldn't be written off.
"We've not had a fantastic start but we are still in there because no-one else is really dominating either - there is still plenty of opportunity," he said. "He is so determined, and you can see that in his driving. The bits where it's not quite working are not because of [lack of] skill or bravery, it's because the technique needs tuning, and the car needs tuning. It's odd places where he's losing time and that's why we think he'll sort it out and we'll sort it out.
"He is so determined and you can see that in his driving. The bits where it's not quite working are not because of (lack of) skill or bravery, it's because the technique needs tuning and the car needs tuning. It's odd places where he's losing time and that's why we think he'll sort it out and we'll sort it out."