Vettel: 'No need to panic' after Silverstone slump

By on Monday, July 11, 2016
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Sebastian Vettel says there is no need for Ferrari to panic despite enduring a difficult time at the British Grand Prix.

Vettel qualified sixth but was demoted to 11th due to a gearbox penalty and from there had a problematic race, spinning at Farm and receiving a penalty for forcing Felipe Massa wide at Village.

Vettel ultimately finished the race in ninth place, while team-mate Kimi Raikkonen secured fifth, over a minute behind race winner Lewis Hamilton.

"It was a tough day, but we trust our team and trust our car, so there is no reason to panic and to turn the world upside down," he said.

"Now we need to understand where we lost something. We have a lot of things to learn from a weekend like this.

"Clearly we weren't as competitive as in other races, but at least we recovered some points.

"And this was the only race of the year where we weren't able to beat the Red Bulls in terms of race pace."

Vettel also believes his moment with Massa was a racing incident.

"The penalty in the end didn't make a difference, it was not on purpose that I was trying to squeeze Felipe," he said.

"Actually I was going out myself, and I was surprised how little grip there was, going side by side with him. In the end it was a racing incident."

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