Charles Leclerc happy but Sebastian Vettel 'struggling'

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

"I think we extracted absolutely everything out of the strategy and the vehicle".

The four times world champion with Red Bull, and two times victor at Silverstone including in 2018 with Ferrari, endured a frustrating Friday when he was sidelined by an intercooler problem and a change of pedals.

"Oh yes, definitively", said Leclerc on whether the result was a shock. "I can't promise anything, but it can't get much worse".

"The fact that I have been around for a long time helps as I know a lot of people", the German said via Autosport on Thursday.

"[I was] struggling yesterday obviously with very little laps and this morning to get into the rhythm".

"Every time I tried to brake later and put more speed into the corner, I struggled to keep my vehicle on track", the four-time world champion continues.

"Whether there was debris on the track or whatever, but I think Lewis cut the corner on another place on track than Valtteri, so it is probably true to review. Nevertheless I'll try everything we can tomorrow and see what we can get".

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'.

Leclerc was only a tenth of a second behind Max Verstappen in the fancied Red Bull, and at a high-speed track where Ferrari - who are now fifth in the team standings - expected to face difficulties. 'I mean, not an easy year so far. So that can be a pain but can also be a blessing.

Sebastian Vettel had a very poor race. He held position for the first part of the race, and says he benefited from Romain Grosjean's strategic gamble that had the Haas running fifth for a spell, keeping the McLarens at bay.

'The third weekend was sort of the first smooth weekend and now we're in trouble again.

"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.

"But I think the most important thing for me is that whatever the decision will be it will be the right one for me".

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.



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