Vettel worried by Mercedes pace

18 July 2017 00:50:18 GMTPlus11

Ferrari ace Sebastian Vettel is concerned that Mercedes have shown enough speed in qualifying to give them an advantage for the rest of the Formula 1 season.

Vettel suffered a disappointing time at Silverstone at the British Grand Prix, finishing seventh in the race on Sunday after being unable to get close to title rival Lewis Hamilton during qualifying.

And Hamilton went on to dominate the race as well, claiming a record-equalling fifth victory in the British Grand Prix to move within one point of Vettel in the drivers' standings.

That left Vettel well aware that Ferrari need to respond in time for the Hungarian Grand Prix later this month

He told reporters: "It's probably true that the last couple of races Mercedes was a bit stronger, but I think the real game-changer is qualifying.

"They are able to turn up the engine, they are gaining between three and six tenths to us on the straights. In Baku it was seven tenths, in Austria it was half a second.

"That's something we can't do. We are working on it, but it doesn't happen overnight. There is no reason to panic or worry, but we need to be aware.

"They are very quick and it's a no-brainer - if you have the cars in front for the first lap, the first corner, the race looks different."

Mercedes are now 1.001 to win the constructors' championship, with Ferrari 51.00, while Hamilton is 1.01 to be crowned world champion for a fourth time.

However, Hamilton is wary of reading too much into the last couple of results, adding: "We've got more coming, hopefully, in the future. It's going to be a close race, I think. It's going to go right down to the wire, clearly."

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