“Apart from the unpredictable English weather, the British Grand Prix at Silverstone is a highlight of the season and one of my favorite tracks,” Vettel said. “Only Suzuka can be compared to Silverstone. No other track on the calendar has such a sequence of superfast corners like Silverstone does.”
After his win in Canada earlier this month, Vettel was keenly aware his 36 point-lead over Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso is far from impregnable with 12 races remaining.
Lotus’ Raikkonen is another eight points back in third and Mercedes driver Briton Lewis Hamilton sits another 11 points behind in fourth.
Alonso has done well to keep pace with Vettel this season, winning twice and finishing second twice, but there is a sense that Ferrari should be doing better with their much-improved car and that they risk allowing the title to slip away without more wins.
Raikkonen is confident an upgraded car will end a poor recent run of 10th in Monaco and ninth in Canada.
Hamilton and Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg will be just happy to get back to racing after the controversy over Mercedes’ in-season testing was settled.
Mercedes escaped with only a reprimand for violating rules by using their current-season car to conduct a joint testing session with tire provider Pirelli.