Sebastian Vettel has one of his worst weekends in his long career in Britain. The Ferrari driver should start tenth on Sunday.

"I don't want to blame anyone for this," Vettel said in an initial response to Channel 4 . "But it was not ideal at all, it couldn't have been much worse."

Friday, Vettel hardly took any action in the training sessions due to technical problems. On Saturday he finished only fourteenth in the third practice. In qualifying he managed to reach Q3, but in this he finished tenth and last.

"The past two days were not good. I really struggled to make a reasonable lap," the 33-year-old German said. "And tomorrow we'll be on the wrong tires in the middle of the starting row. So it's not going to be easy."

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'We immediately lost momentum'

Vettel's difficult weekend fits seamlessly into his weak start to the season. "We had a lot of problems in the first weekend and the second weekend never happened", he referred to the double failure of himself and teammate Charles Leclerc after a mutual clash.

"At the third Grand Prix we finally had a reasonably smooth weekend. But now we have lost the momentum."

"I am determined to keep going," said the four-time world champion, who was told before the start of the season that he should leave Ferrari after this year.

"The team is working as hard as possible, but we continue to run into problems. Apparently we have to go through this phase and hope it gets better soon."

The British Grand Prix starts on Sunday at 3.10 p.m.

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