Michael Schumacher will race with a new Mercedes chassis at the next Formula One race in Barcelona.
The seven-time Formula One champion has been lacklustre in the first four races of this season and Mercedes motorsport boss Norbert Haug admitted Schumacher is struggling with the handling of his car.
“Don't worry - Michael has not forgotten how to drive,” said Haug. “I think we need to replace his chassis for Barcelona.”
Schumacher finished 10th in the Chinese Grand Prix yesterday and struggled with wet conditions he mastered so often in his days at Ferrari and Benetton.
“As you imagine, there were some good emotions but there were unfortunately too many bad emotions," said Schumacher.
"Actually at the beginning I thought we were quite clever when some others changed for intermediates but it turned out to be the wrong decision [for them].
"But, quite honestly, I think all weekend didn't work out for myself. I think you have to compliment the English team [McLaren] and say congratulations to them - done a great job,” he told the BBC.
Schumacher was more than a minute behind his team mate Nico Rosberg, who finished third.