Vettel, whose power unit was replaced as a precaution after problems during practice on Friday, will have a free choice of tyres at the start of Sunday’s race.
Mekies suggested that would offer Ferrari the chance to take risks in a bid to make up lost ground and get ahead of their rivals.
“Because the compounds are softer I think we’ll see different strategies, we will see one-stoppers, we will see two-stoppers,” said Mekies. “You have seen how on the edge a one-stopper was last week, it’s going to be twice as hard this week.
“Starting from behind the pack in Silverstone is complicated. Because you get all the dirty air in high-speed corners and so on, so it’s something that will be a step back compared to last week. So we’ll try to play with this opportunity, with this risk-taking, to see if we gain some ground back.”
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