Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel will get a new chassis for this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix, the team confirmed Wednesday.
“Sebastian will get a new chassis for Barcelona, which was scheduled at the start of the season and then the next one will be for Dan (Ricciardo) at some time around Silverstone,” said Rob Marshall, Red Bull’s chief designer, via the team’s official website.
Marshall expanded a bit on Red Bull’s planned upgrades, as most of the Formula One paddock shifts their cars to version 2.0 after the four flyaway races to kick off the season.
“The cars have been on the other side of the globe for the first quarter of the year and teams’ R&D departments will have been busy coming up with large upgrade packages to bolt on the car for the first time in Spain,” he said. “They will often compromise whole body work packages, so the floor, engine cover, front wings and rear wings, potentially new suspension components and various other bits and bobs.”
Through four races, Vettel has not sustained the same pace advantage versus Ricciardo with the new-for-2014 car as he had against prior teammate Mark Webber in the previous era last year.
But with the new chassis, expect a re-armed Vettel to be back and attempting to stop the Mercedes juggernaut that has opened the season with the first four wins.
Ferrari Driver Academy member Callum Ilott will start the 64th Macau Grand Prix from pole position after beating his Formula 3 rivals to victory in Saturday’s qualification race.
Ilott, 19, started third on the grid on Saturday behind pole-sitter Joel Eriksson and McLaren junior Lando Norris, but made a good start to rise to second early on.
Ilott hounded Eriksson for position for much of the race before battling past at Mandarin on Lap 7 as his Swedish rival struggled to keep his tires alive.
With Eriksson unable to respond, Ilott ultimately crossed the line more than seven seconds clear to take his first Macau win and secure pole for Sunday’s main event.
“We started quite strong as I got up to second from third which was not too bad. Then in the middle part of the race I had a good pace and I got past Joel for P1,” Ilott said.
“After that I managed to pull away. It was a good race, even quite relaxing at the end. I’m really happy for the result. Thank you SJM Theodore Racing by Prema, they did a great job and it should be good for tomorrow too.”
Eriksson held on to second ahead of Sergio Sette Camara, who completed the podium ahead of Maximilian Günther in P4.
Ferdinand Habsburg finished fifth ahead of Pedro Piquet, while Norris was left to settle for a lowly P7 after a clutch issue off the line caused him to drop down the order.
You can see full results from the Macau F3 qualifying race here.