Sebastian Vettel: “Our race pace should be fine”

Sebastian Vettel admitted qualifying was harder than he was expecting after finishing down in sixth at Silverstone after making a mistake on his final quick lap on Saturday.

The Scuderia Ferrari driver felt he struggled with the balance of his car during the session but hopes to have better race pace on Sunday when it matters most, although he feels the Williams team will pose them a problem.

“It was more difficult than we expected so we’ll have to have a look at that, but clearly it’s not ‘clean’ from my side,” revealed Vettel.

“I struggled a bit to find the right balance. Tomorrow could be a different story, because our race pace should be fine. Today was not the best day.

“Hopefully tomorrow will be an exciting race, we can do plenty of things, we have the pace. I know that is difficult to pass, especially the Williams as they have a good straight-line speed, but we’ll see. Maybe we can find something for tomorrow. For sure it’s not the best starting position.

“In Q3 we were not happy with either run. The out lap was not great, I nearly crashed with Felipe in last attempt, I think there was a bit of confusion because Nico was going so slow…nobody to blame though.

“In the end I made a mistake in the final lap, but in general, we were not quick enough.”