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Vettel to have new chassis after 'Luscious Liz' reveals a 'defect'

The relationship between Sebastian Vettel and 'Luscious Liz' will sadly be no more from Istanbul onwards, after a 'defect' found in the chassis means the German will have a new RB6 for the Turkish Grand Prix
Red Bull Racing has possibly unearthed the cause behind Sebastian Vettel's slightly off-colour form over the last two grands prix in Spain and Monaco – with a 'defect' in the young German's chassis meaning he will have to ditch 'Luscious Liz' and race a different monocoque from Istanbul.

Having set pole position for three of the opening four outings of the F1 2010 World Championship campaign, Vettel was forced to give best to team-mate Mark Webber in both Barcelona and Monte Carlo, on neither occasion being able to hold a candle to the Australian in terms of pure pace.

Whilst Webber triumphed back-to-back with commanding lights-to-flag performances, Vettel faded to an eventual third place as he found himself stymied by brake woes in the latter stages around the Circuit de Catalunya, whilst the 22-year-old had to stave off an inspired Robert Kubica in the unfancied Renault for the runner-up laurels in the Principality. Now, it seems, the Heppenheim native might in effect have been fighting with one hand tied behind his back.

“We have found a defect in Sebastian's chassis,” Red Bull team principal Christian Horner told German publication Auto Bild Motorsport, adding that the problem had likely deteriorated as the Monaco Grand Prix wore on and was discovered back at the factory in Milton Keynes post-weekend. “For the next race in Turkey, he will have a new chassis.”

The RBR pairing currently sit tied on points atop the drivers' title standings, but it is Webber who palpably has the most momentum as the season enters its middle stretch, and it is the New South Wales native who finished ahead in Istanbul twelve months ago. Horner, however, is confident Vettel will rapidly regain his full potential.

“Sebastian began the season in great shape, and I am sure he will bounce back at the next race,” asserted the Englishman, a former racer himself. “In Barcelona and Monaco, Mark was simply stronger – he had more confidence and felt more comfortable in the car. In contrast, Sebastian complained several times about the balance.”

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harvey - Unregistered

May 21, 2010 11:20 AM

agree totally with the last comment from lmao. I myself would have thought "that make sense" if it wasn't for the fact that he set the fastest lap at monaco! Not bad for a "defective" car! And Vettel was only about 1 or 2 tenths faster than Webber when he outqualified him earlier this season, so you can't say he had a defective car, was still faster, so therefore it shows JUST how fast he is. I wonder if RBR are playing it up a bit to rebuild the young driver's confidence, give him something to excuse his performances.

the lawman - Unregistered

May 21, 2010 10:37 PM

I bet there has been a lot of bitching going on behind closed doors by Vettel, he has no answer for the speed of Webber at the moment. I find the ones with out of control egos who read their own press the to start crying the loudest when thngs don't go their way, especially when they start to loose the fight with their team mate. Take a listen to Hamilton each race meet on the radio. Crying to Charlie, crying to Whitmarsh, giving his engineer a mouth full last week end. Check the face on Vettel when he gets flogged. The chassis they say. Funny thing, Mark drove with a broken leg, broken collar bone, not a whimper.

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