Sebastian Vettel has called on Ferrari to improve after both he and teammate Kimi Raikkonen were trumped by the Red Bull duo of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo in yesterday’s qualifying session at Silverstone.
The four-time world champion could only manage as high as sixth but will receive another five grid-place penalty for changing his gearbox and will be relegated to 11th on the grid in today's 52 lap British Grand Prix.
The German suffered the issue during the closing stages in FP3 after completing his flying lap which forced the component to be changed.
It is the third time that Vettel has been handed a five grid-place penalty for his gearbox and has urged the Maranello-based squad to improve.
“On this track it seems we are a bit behind," explained Vettel.
"I think we have done good steps in the past, but probably not enough, also compared to other people, so I think there's a lot of catching up for us to do." He added.
"We need to make the car quicker, to put more downforce in it, make it more efficient at the same time, and add a bit of power.”
Looking ahead to the race, the German is confident that the pace is there and is hoping to get a good start.
“The pace is there, we don't belong where we start the race and that's why I’m sure that we’ll make good progress.” He continued.
“I hope for a good start, a good first lap and then we’ll see. Maybe we’ll have some rain, anyway we need to keep our head down, keep calm and just go racing and enjoy.” Vettel concluded.
by Michael Terminello