Sebastian Vettel admitted his British Grand Prix weekend “can’t get much worse” after qualifying down in 10th on Saturday. The Ferrari driver was more than two seconds off the pace of long-time rival and pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton at Silverstone.
The four-time champion has now qualified in 10th or lower at three of the first four Grands Prix of the 2020 F1 campaign.
The below-par performance compounds Vettel’s woe after he was forced to miss most of practice on Friday due to faults with his car, before going just 18th fastest in Free Practice 3.
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Vettel insisted he is not being treated any differently to team-mate Charles Leclerc, who qualified in fourth at Silverstone.
But he admitted things can only get better as he gets set to race in the British Grand Prix for Ferrari one last time.
“I don’t want to accuse anyone of bad intentions,” Vettel 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.”
Vettel said he was in the dark as to what exactly stopped him qualifying higher at Silverstone, where he won in 2008 and 2019.
But he admitted “it’s probably more me” as he faces a battle to get his hands on some serious points to kickstart his season.
“The honest answer is I don’t know,” said Vettel. “I mean, I struggled a little bit to get into the groove and into the rhythm, which around here is important.
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“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 session, but let’s see what we can do tomorrow.”
Vettel, who sits 10th in the drivers’ standings going into the British Grand Prix, will leave Ferrari at the end of the current campaign.
Ferrari opted not to renew his contract earlier this year and promptly announced McLaren’s Carlos Sainz will replace him.
Vettel has been lined up for a drive at Racing Point, who will be rebranded as Aston Martin ahead of next season.
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