His Ferrari partner, Charles Leclerc, had a more positive outing and will start fourth going into tomorrow, but the four-time Formula One World Champion made it clear he didn't think he was receiving any less attention.
"It's a mystery where Leclerc got that speed from", Marko says to Auto Bild. "He was faster on the straights than we were, but that only seems to be the case with him".
"I'm extremely happy about today", Leclerc told Sky F1.
"A little bit (worried about race pace), but we changed the auto a little bit from yesterday - I don't think it affected it much for qualifying, looking at the result, but hopefully that will improve the race pace". "I'm also very happy we've gone through to Q3 with the Medium tyres".
The four times world champion with Red Bull, and two times victor at Silverstone including in 2018 with Ferrari, endured a frustrating Friday when he was sidelined by an intercooler problem and a change of pedals.
"Obviously not ideal for myself, not a good session", Vettel said. "We have to try to make the most of it".
'How much, I don't know - I can't promise anything, but it can't get much worse'. Struggling yesterday with very little laps, and this morning to get into the rhythm.
"I struggled to find the rhythm, I mean the auto was not too bad, but it didn't fit me today", he said. So not a good good session, but let's see what we can do tomorrow'.