"It's always hard to say after the first day though - the Ferraris are usually slower on Friday and then pick up the pace on Saturday". The race will also be shown live on Channel 4 - the only one of 21 Grands Prix this season to be on free-to-air television.
"It's just the sheer magnitude of it and just how many people come for the weekend and how many British flags you see around here".
"It's a bit bumpy in some places, but in general there's more grip", he added, referring to the newly-asphalted track. A crash on Sunday with Max Verstappen, which relegated him to 16th and which the stewards decided was entirely his fault, was but the latest entry in a catalogue of failure.
"And they'll never truly know just how grateful I am, but it's really awesome to be a part of this team, pushing the limits and the boundaries every weekend".
Mr. Vettel looks for strong race tomorrow, despite confessing to being less comfortable with his vehicle than Mr. Leclerc, as evidenced by the half-sec deficit to his team mate.
But Ferrari and Red Bull's resurgence and Mercedes' underwhelming display was likely triggered by a ideal storm of hot temperatures and track layout, rather than signalling a more permanent change in the form book.
The advantage Vettel gained by stopping under the safety vehicle promoted him to third, with Red Bull's Pierre Gasly between him and Verstappen. Verstappen regained fifth while Vettel pitted for a new nose, fell to 17th and was then given a 10-seconds time penalty.
With the safety vehicle still out after Antonio Giovinazzi spun off in his Alfa Romeo, Hamilton rejoined ahead of pole-sitter Bottas.
He and Vettel, who struggled in the opening stint down in sixth, but also extended it, then had their persistence rewarded when the safety auto emerged, the result of Alfa Romeo's Antonio Giovinazzi locking his rear wheels and sliding sideways into the gravel at Vale.
"It's probably the race I enjoyed the most in my F1 career", Leclerc said. "I'm like why did they follow me, 5,000 people chose to follow me last night", he added. "It is easy to make mistakes so I am happy to be on top".
Verstappen passed Vettel around the outside of the fast Stowe corner but the Red Bull ran a little wide, giving the Ferrari driver a chance to come back at him.
"It's been pretty close all weekend and today with Lewis, and I'm just really, really happy to get a good lap and put it on pole". "So we still have got a bit of work to do".