Four-time Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel has said that his Ferrari team are “stuck” and cannot find a set-up that works on his car.
Ferrari has been a long way off the the likes of Mercedes and Red Bull so far this season, and have lost a significant amount of pace compared to this time last year.
In a bid to make the car more competitive around the high speed Silverstone circuit, the Maranello-based team has opted to go for a low downforce set-up.
Charles Leclerc seems to have been able to get to grips with the lower downforce setting on his Ferrari SF1000, qualifying eighth for the 70th Anniversary Grand prix on Sunday, but Vettel has struggled considerably more and failed to make it out of Q2 for the second consecutive weekend.
Speaking after qualifying, Vettel confirmed that his engineers have tried a number of different set-ups in order to improve the pace on his car, but not matter what they try, nothing seems to make a difference.
“We tried a lot of things and I was happy with my laps, but I don’t think that there was any more to get out of the car today. I need more grip to go faster.” commented Vettel.
“I must congratulate my engineers for improving the car compared to last weekend, but if you look at the stopwatch there is no difference.
“It seems we are stuck and of course it is disappointing to be in twelfth with that gap between our two cars.
“We are where we are for a reason, we are just not fast enough.
“It will be difficult tomorrow to fight for points but I will do my best.”
Ferrari Sporting Director Laurent Mekies added that the team seems to have taken a step back in comparison to last weekend, and that they are still struggling to use the soft compound tyre properly.
“There can be no doubt this was a poor qualifying performance, given that our drivers are eighth and twelfth on the grid.” he said.
“On this very same track and in very similar conditions, we have taken a step back in terms of competitiveness compared to a week ago, in terms of our own performance and up against that of our main rivals this season.
“In particular, we were unable to use the softest Pirelli compound properly. Now we have to work out why, not so much for tomorrow, but for the rest of the season.
“It’s definitely going to be a difficult race, with tyre management playing a key role.”