Sebastian Vettel has vowed that he and Ferrari will not throw in the towel amid his current rut, in the wake of another lacklustre display at Silverstone.
Vettel scored just one point across the pair of events at Silverstone and has taken a best finish of sixth this year, in Hungary, to sit a lowly 13th in the standings.
Vettel spun at the start of the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix, dropping to the rear of the field, and recovered only to 12th, having queried Ferrari’s strategy both during the race and in the immediate aftermath.
Speaking on Sunday evening at Silverstone Vettel commented that: “It’s obviously not the best run for me at the moment, but I trust the team that I have around me and everyone in the garage as well.
“I’m fairly open minded. I don’t want to get into any of this [political discussions], I’m fairly open minded for the next race and I don’t think it can get much worse from where I am so it will get better.”
Vettel pointed to setbacks in previous events, and the quick-fire nature of the schedule, as reasons for his recent sub-par results.
“Obviously in Austria, we had an issue in the first race with probably a damaged set on the brakes causing a poor feeling in qualifying and race,” he said.
“Then the second Austria race, obviously was very short [due to the collision].
“And then in Hungary, I think it was an eventful race but, let’s say, a more normal race.
“And then we came here. So, I guess in terms of duration, it’s been very short, it’s only been two weeks.
“But if you have back to back races, it feels quite long if you’re not making, you know, obviously, a proper progress.
“Generally, I’m optimistic and I always get out of bed and try to do the best that I can on the day and in that regard, I didn’t have the best four, five, six days.
“I’m looking forward to the next one is coming in and we can I’m sure when once we have a more normal race starting hopefully a bit open a bit further up.
“I think in the race we should have a clean race and should be able to have a normal race.”