F1 news: Ferrari open to Sebastian Vettel changing chassis

Ferrari is open to changing Sebastian Vettel’s chassis if the German feels that there is a fundamental problem with the SF1000 he has had the last two weekends.

The four-time world champion endured another frustrating outing at Silverstone on Sunday, as he failed to finish in the points on a weekend where he could not find any more speed from his car. He languishes in 13th place in the championship.

Vettel is at a loss to explain why things have been so difficult so far this season, and team boss Mattia Binotto says he would not be against a chassis change if it could help.

“It is something at least which I didn’t discuss [yet],” said Binotto. “That’s part of the discussion we have within teams. I think we are open if it is something that may help. Why not?

“I think whatever we can do to help is important for us, for Sebastian, and I think from a team point of view and a driver point of view, to try to make better in the next races. It is important, so open to do it. I will leave it to the driver and the team to discuss and decide.”

Vettel said that he couldn’t answer why progress with his car had hit a limit of performance on the first British GP weekend, but he remained hopeful of a reset for the next race in Spain.

“You had two weekends in the same place and from Saturday morning, last week, I wasn’t able to make any progress. That’s the thing that stands out,” said Vettel, when asked if there was any obvious explanation for where the deficit to Leclerc lay.

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