Vettel mystified by qualifying struggles

Jamie Woodhouse
Sebastian Vettel believes junior racing is "way too expensive".

Sebastian Vettel believes junior racing is "way too expensive".

Sebastian Vettel had no answers for why he struggled so badly for performance during qualifying for the British Grand Prix.

The Ferrari man was unable to match the pace of team-mate Charles Leclerc throughout qualifying and ended up P6 on the grid for Sunday’s race behind both Red Bulls.

It was an alarming gap of almost 0.7s from pole sitter Valtteri Bottas back to Vettel, and the German had no clue what went wrong.

“At least I took part,” Vettel joked to “I just didn’t have the speed.

“Usually it’s pretty clear that you go faster from Q1 to Q3 without doing anything, but that didn’t happen today.

“I think Q1 we were as fast as in Q3, so it was a bit strange. I didn’t have a great feel for the car which didn’t help.”

After finishing qualifying half a second slower than Leclerc, Vettel was cautious to go into detail about the issue.

“I think he did a good job but for me I don’t really have an answer now. I think it’s fairly evenly spread, he seems to gain a bit everywhere,” Vettel explained.

“I didn’t really have a great feeling this afternoon and part of it, around here, you need a bit of it to throw the car from one side to the other.”

Vettel doesn’t expect any problems to linger into the race and is looking forward to battling with Red Bull.

“In the race it’s never a problem, normally it’s fine,” he added. “The Mercs will be quick but I think race-pace looks fine. It will be a tough battle between us and the Red Bulls.”

Leclerc will start the race P3 behind the Mercedes duo – a position he believed was the best on offer.

“In Q2 we were going well, but in Q3 I think Mercedes turned up their engine as they were very very quick. We need to work on the corners,” he told Sky Sports F1.

“Third place is the best we could have done today so I’m very happy about it.”

Follow us on Twitter @Planet_F1 and like our Facebook page.