Formula One: British GP weekend 'can't get much worse', says Vettel

Paola Ditto
Agosto 2, 2020

There were mixed emotions from the two Ferrari drivers after qualifying for the British Grand Prix ended with Charles Leclerc in fourth place and Sebastian Vettel 10th.

Mercedes locked out the front row of the grid at Silverstone, with Lewis Hamilton in front of Valtteri Bottas, while of the rest only Max Verstappen set a faster time than Leclerc.

The pair collided on the opening lap of the second race in Austria, the Steiermark Grand Prix, with both retiring.

"It's a great qualifying today", Leclerc said.

"I'm extremely happy about today", Leclerc told Sky F1.

"It's a great qualifying today, I'm very, very happy with the job we've all done".

Vettel is leaving Ferrari at the end of the season, destination unknown, and he said it had not been an easy year so far. I mean, I struggled a little bit to get into the groove and into the rhythm, which around here is important.

After a disrupted Friday - Vettel missed P1 completely and then had a brake pedal issue in P2 - the four-time world champion was already on the back foot heading into qualifying and while he did make it into Q3, he qualified only 10th and will have to start the race on the soft tyre. "We have to try to make the most of it".

Vettel believes the lack of track time has hampered his confidence in the vehicle, costing him positions in what is a close fight behind Mercedes.

'I struggled to put it together.

'How much, I don't know - I can't promise anything, but it can't get much worse'.

"[I was] struggling yesterday obviously with very little laps and this morning to get into the rhythm". So not a good good session, but let's see what we can do tomorrow'.

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