Sebastian Vettel says his British Grand Prix weekend ‘can’t get much worse’ after ANOTHER poor qualifying with multiple issues for Ferrari driver leaving him starting in tenth place
- Sebastian Vettel had another poor day at the British Grand Prix on Saturday
- The Ferrari driver had multiple issues and finished qualifying in tenth place
- The German saw things only getting better from this point ahead of Sunday
Sebastian Vettel admitted he doesn’t think his British Grand Prix weekend could get any worse after another poor qualifying session in which he finished 10th.
After being hit by an intercooler problem then a problem with his pedals in the Friday practice session, things did little in the way of improvement on Saturday for the Ferrari driver.
He had further problems in qualifying before struggling to find a good pace in qualifying before his final lap was deleted for running wide at Copse, placing him in 10th.
Sebastian Vettel thinks his British Grand Prix weekend so far couldn’t have gone much worse
The outgoing driver fell victim to a number of issues with Ferrari but Vettel was eager to face up to the poor showing and saw things at Silverstone only getting better from this point.
His Ferrari partner, Charles Leclerc, had a more positive outing and will start fourth going into tomorrow, but the four-time Formula One World Champion made it clear he didn’t think he was receiving any less attention.
‘I don’t want to accuse anyone of bad intentions,’ he told Channel 4, ‘From my side it was not ideal today. I had a lot of trouble finding the rhythm. As I said, I am relatively confident that tomorrow will be better.
‘How much, I don’t know – I can’t promise anything, but it can’t get much worse.’
The German (right) had multiple issues in practice and things did not get better in qualifying
The outgoing Ferrari driver’s final lap was disqualified for running wide leaving him in 10th
Asked about what had gone wrong in qualifying, Vettel said: ‘The honest answer is I don’t know. I mean, I struggled a little bit to get into the groove and into the rhythm, which around here is important.
‘Yesterday, we didn’t get much running, not many quality laps, and this morning, we had another small issue. So yeah, not ideal, but equally, I thought the car was okay.
‘I struggled to put it together. So I think it’s probably more me just making sure everything comes together. So not a good good session, but let’s see what we can do tomorrow.’
He later added to Sky: ‘Tomorrow we’ll be on the wrong tyres at the end of the queue, at the end of the top 10, so it won’t be a piece of cake.’
It has been confirmed for some time now that Vettel will be leaving Ferrari at the end of the current campaign, and the German admitted that has not made things easy with races coming thick and fast after lockdown.
Vettel admitted knowing his time at Ferrari is coming to an end isn’t making things easy
‘[It’s] not ideal,’ he said. ‘I mean, not an easy year so far. Obviously now the races come very quick. So that can be a pain but can also be a blessing.
‘Obviously the last two days haven’t been good and therefore we lost a little bit of momentum.
‘I thought that other than that, the first weekend was trouble, the second weekend didn’t really happen.
‘The third weekend was sort of the first smooth weekend and now we’re in trouble again.
Vettel was in a bullish mood ahead of Sunday and said he is determined to improve his place
‘So it’s been a bit of a rough start, but you know, there’s not much choice.
‘I’m determined to hang in there. I think the guys are pushing as much as they can. I don’t think there’s any bad intentions by anyone.
‘So we obviously had some issues yesterday and this morning, but we have to, I guess, at this stage pull through and we’ll come out on the other side.’
Speculation has been rife for where Vettel’s next move will be after five years with Ferrari, with rumours emerging last month that he could join new F1 team Aston Martin.
FINAL QUALIFYING STANDINGS
1 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
2 Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
3 Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
4 Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
5 Lando Norris (McLaren)
6 Lance Stroll (Racing Point)
7 Carlos Sainz Jnr (McLaren)
8 Esteban Ocon (Renault)
9 Daniel Ricciardo (Renault)
10 Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
11 Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri)
12 Alexander Albon (Red Bull)
13 Niko Hulkenburg (Racing Point)
14 Daniil Kvyat (AlphaTauri) – will serve five place grid penalty
15 George Russell (Williams)
16 Kevin Magnussen (Haas)
17 Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo)
18 Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo)
19 Romain Grosjean (Haas)
20 Nicholas Latifi (Williams)
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