Leclerc and Vettel: “Mercedes is the team to beat”
The Monegasque driver confirmed the overall impression over Mercedes as favorite team in Silverstone.
Charles Leclerc ended the FP2 as the third fastest driver, trailing the Valtteri Bottas fastest time by less than two tenths.
Despite the good performance on the qualifying simulation, Ferrari struggled more with the long-run. Leclerc confirmed the difficulties remarking his disappointment on Ferrari’s performances.
"We tested quite a lot of things. I feel we have been struggling quite a lot on the race pace today.
"Qualifying pace was not so bad but I feel Mercedes have probably quite a lot more to come. So it's going to be very difficult, and still a lot of work to do."
Leclerc continued pointing out how Mercedes is the team to beat during the Silverstone’s weekend.
"To be honest, on my side, I expected Mercedes would be the team to beat this weekend, and I think they confirmed that they are the team to beat this weekend, very, very quick during the race pace”.
Ferrari’s boss Mattia Binotto, added that Ferrari is currently suffering with the Pirelli tyres and finding the right set-up.
"We had very high wear on the front tyres, front left, which somehow is already affecting the single qualy lap, because if you look, we are quite strong on the first and second sector but somehow weak on the last one, some extra understeer.
"I think we will be focused on this overnight, try to address the front wear, and by the times that the car will be balanced I think we will get a better judgement of our overall performance at Silverstone."
Similarly, Sebastian Vettel underlined that the car balance is far to be perfect, while Mercedes appears by far the fastest team on the grid.
"Not so bothered with one or two particular laptimes. I think bigger picture today, it was okay, too many jumps for us, up and down - still Mercedes looked very very fast and the ones to beat.
"There's more we can do, definitely. Some stuff didn't work, so we have to pick now the right cards for tomorrow."