Scuderia Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel have qualified fifth and sixth for Sunday’s 2016 British Grand Prix at Silverstone. The lackluster result was further exacerbated by a broken gearbox for Vettel, which had to be replaced and forced a 5 place grid penalty for the four-time champion.
Mercedes-Benz’s Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg dominated the qualifying session, with Hamilton fastest in Q3 and Rosberg second fastest. In behind the two Silver Arrows in third and fourth were the Red Bull’s of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo, respectively.
Williams’ Valtteri Bottas qualified seventh, while Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz, Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg and McLaren’s Fernando Alonso rounded out the top ten. Sauber’s Marcus Ericcsson did not participate in the session after suffering a heavy crash during FP3 earlier in the day.
Post-session, Vettel said he was unhappy with the way the day went even before his Ferrari SF16-H suffered a gearbox failure.
“I’m not happy with my lap, the car was better than this morning. I was in a very good lap but I lost the car at Stowe in the first run, trying a bit too hard, then in the second one I went wide in Turn 1 and lost the car from there,” he said. “On this track it seems we are a bit behind, I think we have done good steps in the past, but probably not enough, also compared to other people, so I think there’s a lot of catching up for us to do.”
Raikkonen was also none too pleased with the team’s qualifying result, but he’s hoping they can show their true pace come race day.
“Race conditions are always different and can change a lot here, usually we are stronger in the race and hopefully tomorrow will be the same,” the Fin said. “We’ll try to make a good start, make the tires work and take the right decisions”.
Click here for full results from qualifying for the 2016 British Grand Prix.