Ferrari Could Sacrifice some Qualifying Pace to Aid Race Performance - Leclerc

Ross Houston
August 4, 2020

"I think we have the pace but we are just destroying the tyres very quickly compared to the others so starting on the medium will help us massively". However, Vettel is confident that Saturday will be a better day for him when the conditions are expected to be cooler.

The outgoing driver fell victim to a number of issues with Ferrari but Vettel was eager to face up to the poor showing and saw things at Silverstone only getting better from this point.

The four times world champion with Red Bull Racing, 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. I mean, I struggled a little bit to get into the groove and into the rhythm, which around here is important. "I struggled a lot to find my confidence and I don't know why, so we need to have a good look".

"Yesterday, we didn't get much running, not many quality laps, and this morning, we had another small issue".

"We've taken quite a radical approach with our downforce level, so it seems to pay off in quali, but it doesn't in the race, so we need to analyse the data, and see what we'll have to do tomorrow".

Ferrari conceded it was likely to be in for a hard weekend at Silverstone due to the circuit's power-hungry nature, with its struggles in both races at Austria's Red Bull Ring fresh in its memory.

Speaking about the challenges the wind caused while tackling the track, Leclerc said: "First of all it is very challenging in a Formula 1 auto without wind already because Maggots and Becketts - it's insane how quick that is. We have to start with the soft, which is probably not good news, but we try to make it work and go from there".

'The third weekend was sort of the first smooth weekend and now we're in trouble again. "I'm very, very happy with the job we've all done".

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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