Leclerc is delighted: "It looks good for the race tomorrow!"

Ruben Hill
August 1, 2020

There were mixed emotions from the two Ferrari drivers after qualifying for the British Grand Prix ended with Charles Leclerc in fourth place and Sebastian Vettel 10th.

After a disrupted Friday - Vettel missed P1 completely and then had a brake pedal issue in P2 - the four-time world champion was already on the back foot heading into qualifying and while he did make it into Q3, he qualified only 10th and will have to start the race on the soft tyre.

More problems surfaced in Saturday practice, and his final lap in qualifying was deleted because his auto exceeded track limits.

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.

Leclerc, who spun exiting The Loop in FP2, added that: "The balance [meant it was] extremely hard to drive, very, very difficult not to do a mistake so we definitely need to change something on that". As I said, I am relatively confident that tomorrow will be better.

'How much, I don't know - I can't promise anything, but it can't get much worse'.

"It's a great qualifying today", Leclerc said. "I struggled to make the auto work". Struggling yesterday with very little laps, and this morning to get into the rhythm.

"It's looking good for the race tomorrow because of our race pace - we are struggling".

It has been confirmed for some time now that Vettel will be leaving Ferrari at the end of the current campaign, and the German admitted that has not made things easy with races coming thick and fast after lockdown. "So that can be a pain but can also be a blessing", he told Sky F1.

'I thought that other than that, the first weekend was trouble, the second weekend didn't really happen.

"So it's been a bit of a rough start, but you know, there's not much choice".

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