Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel struggled to manage their feelings on Saturday after Ferrari endured a double catastrophe that wrecked their hopes in qualifying for the German Grand Prix.
4-time champion Vettel stated he felt “bitter” to be unable to run in entrance of his house followers at Hockenheim the place he’ll begin Sunday’s race from the again of the grid.
Leclerc, who begins from 10th, stated it was “a tough day for the crew” and “a disgrace”.
Toto Wolff of Mercedes, who noticed his defending five-time champion Lewis Hamilton take the 87th pole of his profession, stated: “It’s a disgrace for Ferrari and a disgrace for Sebastian in his house Grand Prix.
“It’s a bit subdued within the crowd and Ferrari have an sickness and they should remedy that as a result of we’d like them for a powerful championship.”
Ferrari’s double failure got here as Mercedes celebrated the 125th anniversary of motorsport and their 200th Formulation One race entry by sporting ‘retro’ 1950’s uniforms and recovered from a difficult run of observe periods.
Vettel was hit by a pre-session turbo failure and Leclerc was halted by a gasoline system failure that prevented him working in Q3. They may begin 20th and 10th on the grid respectively.
“I don’t know what occurred,” stated Vettel.
“One thing broke with the turbo and that was ‘sport over’ from there. Clearly [it’s] very bitter. I believe the automotive is nice and misplaced out on an enormous likelihood, however hopefully we’ll have an enormous one coming once more tomorrow.
“I believe the automotive was good… We did some modifications additionally that ought to have been nice for this afternoon, nevertheless it wasn’t meant to be.”
It was the second time in three Grands Prix that Vettel was hit by a technical drawback in qualifying.
Whereas Vettel, in determined want of a powerful outcome after a collection of disappointments together with a collision with Max Verstappen’s Pink Bull at Silverstone, was quickest in free observe two, Leclerc had been prime in opening and third observe – clear proof that Ferrari have been on the tempo.
“I don’t know if it was the identical drawback as Sebastian for me,” stated Leclerc. “On my aspect, it was a gasoline system drawback. It’s a disgrace, however we’ll be making an attempt to know what occurred to attempt to not reproduce it.
“It’s a tough day for the crew, however I hope it’ll be a constructive day tomorrow. I felt nice within the automotive and the automotive felt nice, all weekend. So it’s a disgrace it finally ends up like this.”