Vettel: It can’t get much worse

Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel has admitted he is struggling to get a handle on his Ferrari in what has been a difficult weekend so far at the British Grand Prix.

Qualifying 10th on Saturday, Vettel has been continually plagued by problems with his car since first practice on Friday.

Barely getting out of the garage yesterday morning with an intercooler issue, he then had problems with his pedals in FP2, and a similar problem in FP3 that the German says has severely affected his performance.

“I struggled to find the rhythm,” he said after qualifying. “The car was not too bad but it didn’t fit me today. I was struggling yesterday with very little laps and this morning to get into the rhythm.”

Compounding matters, Vettel’s lap to reach Q3 was on soft tyres, meaning he starts the race on less-durable rubber without the advantage of track position.

“Obviously starting on the soft is not ideal but it is what it is, so we have to try and make the most of it. 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. 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.”