Mark Webber will drive his team mate Sebastian Vettel’s old chassis, nicknamed Luscious Liz, at the British Grand Prix this weekend.
The move came after his Red Bull team decided that the Australian’s own car was a write-off following his spectacular Valencia crash, in which he vaulted over the back of Heikki Kovalainen’s Lotus.
Vettel discarded Luscious Liz after the Monaco Grand Prix, pronouncing to all and sundry that he felt there had been something wrong with its behaviour. After running various tests, Red Bull did conclude that there were chassis defects.
Vettel said at the time: “I was complaining for the last couple of races that something was not feeling right, and it was good on Sunday night [in Monaco] when we decided to change the chassis anyway just to make a change and find something. I think it explains a lot. On top of that, we also found other things that weren’t in proper shape.”
Red Bull have completed thorough repairs on the chassis and it will be as good as new, although Webber may not be completely happy with the outcome of the team’s evaluation.