For Sebastian Vettel it does not work in Silverstone either. He only starts from sixth on Sunday. But even Lewis Hamilton is dissatisfied.
Sebastian Vettel has to deal with the next bitter disappointment in this Ferrari frustrating Formula 1 season. In qualifying for the British Grand Prix, the Ferrari star on Saturday was hopeless and had to settle for the sobering sixth place in Silverstone. The 32-year-old from Heppenheim starts on Sunday (15.10 clock / RTL and Sky) only from the third row, while the again superior Mercedes pilots together are the front and should make the win again among themselves.
“All in all, the speed was missing from the first to the last section, I could not improve,” Vettel said on RTL: “I did not feel so comfortable in the car, have not found the rhythm not so right.” The Finn Valtteri Bottas took the tenth pole position of his career in the Silver Arrow on the traditional course in Central England and pushed local hero Lewis Hamilton very thinly into second place. Only 0.006 seconds were missing to the championship leader to make it for the seventh time at his home race to the first starting place. But Hamilton still believes in a victory: “It's a long race tomorrow, with the support of the fans, it can still work.”
For last year's winner Vettel, however, his first win of the season is likely to be further out of reach. The Hesse did not convince on any of his fast laps. That's why he looked thoughtful as he got out of his car and frowned at the subsequent interviews. “I was always fast, the others were always faster,” said Vettel. Most recently in Austria, he had only come out tenth in qualifying, but two weeks ago were mainly responsible for technical problems.
Vettel also had to give his teammate Charles Leclerc beaten again, who made it to third place and was the only one really put pressure on Mercedes. Less than a tenth of a second missing the youngster on Bottas. “Mercedes was very fast, especially in the corners,” Leclerc said. “I am very happy with my lap, we did not expect to be that close.” At the Grand Prix two weeks ago in Spielberg the 21-year-old from Monaco had barely missed the first victory of his young Formula One career. Nico Hülkenberg finished tenth in qualifying in his Renault. The 31-year-old from Emmerich showed a decent performance and made it so in the last section. But he could not work his way there.
Five-time World Champion Hamilton leads the tenth of 21 rounds of the season in the overall standings with 197 points clearly ahead of Bottas (166). The four-time champion Vettel (123) is fourth, 74 points behind. Third is the Dutch Max Verstappen (126). Mercedes had won at the traditional Grand Prix from 2013 to 2017 five times in a row before Vettel finished the series at Silverstone. If the Briton Hamilton win only 80 kilometers away from his birthplace Stevenage again, then he would be the only record winner in the UK with six successes.
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