Ferrari Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel has revealed he feared missing British Grand Prix qualifying after a neck problem hindered him in practice.
Seb sat out the final minutes of FP3 after what Ferrari described as a neck “nuisance”, which cost him a last qualifying simulation.
He will start the race at Silverstone from second on the grid after missing out on pole to Lewis Hamilton by less than half a tenth of a second.
Asked if he thought he could take pole, Vettel said: “To be honest this morning no, I wasn’t sure if I could do qualifying.
“The last lap I was happy with it, seemed to lose a lot of time in the straights so I was missing a bit of tow but I think it was very close.
“I was happy with second and it gives us a good chance.”
Vettel admitted his neck aggravation meant qualifying “wasn’t the most enjoyable session” but played down its impact and any concerns for the race.
“It’s nothing dramatic, the session was fine,” said Vettel. “We had to call it a bit earlier this morning than I would have wanted but it was fine.