Lewis Hamilton had a change of heart after writing off his world championship chances in Valencia.
"It's finished really, in the sense of the championship it's almost over already," said Hamilton.
But a day later, the 26-year-old appeared to point his finger at the media.
"To all our supporters, ignore what you read in the papers today. My team will never give up and I will never give up!" Hamilton wrote on Twitter on Monday.
British journalists were unimpressed, including the Sunday Express' Bob McKenzie who presumed Hamilton had woken on Monday morning "with a flea in his ear from McLaren".
And the Telegraph's Tom Cary said "a night's sleep seemingly restored Hamilton's fighting qualities".
Silverstone is not going to be a better circuit for us
But realistically, many observers think Hamilton was right in the first instance, L'Equipe claiming Vettel is now "alone in the championship".
Said Hamilton's teammate Jenson Button: "Silverstone is not going to be a better circuit for us.
"Let's hope (British tennis player) Andy (Murray) does a good job this weekend (at Wimbledon) then there won't be so much pressure on us."