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Sebastian Vettel boosted by Ferrari engine upgrade at British GP

Sebastian Vettel boosted by Ferrari engine upgrade at British GP

The popularity and reputation of the championship-leading Vettel, of Ferrari, has been severely tarnished in recent weeks while Hamilton has suffered a sequence of misfortunes to slip 20 points adrift.

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The shield is nothing but a transparent screen which extends to the nose of the car.

Vettel completed a single installation lap and then returned to the garage where Ferrari removed the device and switched attention to its weekend programme.

"I think we can improve a bit in qualifying", he said.

Less than a week after a somewhat flat Austrian contest in the Styrian Alps, where Valtteri Bottas triumphed for Mercedes and the two main protagonists finished second and fourth, a more feisty and fizzy affair at the flat but high-speed circuit is to be expected.

"We had another run planned with it, but I didn't like it, so we took it off".

"We don't make the rules".

"And how am I going to turn that?"

Grosjean went on to state that cockpit protection is no longer at conversation at GPDA meetings.

The FIA has been pushing ahead with the Shield as its preferred cockpit protection device this year, having previously worked to develop the Halo. "We are up for better safety, but it's not up for us to come up with a solution or say we want this or this".