New, separate problems to blame for Ferrari's qualifying woe
Ferrari has revealed that separate problems, which had never before been seen, were to blame for its disastrous qualifying session at the German Grand Prix.
Ferrari set the pace through practice in hot conditions at Hockenheim, with Sebastian Vettel quickest in FP1 before Charles Leclerc clocked the best times in FP2 and FP3.
But Vettel suffered a loss of power on his installation lap in Q1 and returned to the garage, where he remained for the rest of session, leaving him last on the grid.
Leclerc, meanwhile, made it through to Q3 but encountered a problem that meant his SF90 was unable to leave the garage.
As a consequence, he will start from the foot of the top 10.
“The entire team is bitterly disappointed,” said team boss Mattia Binotto.
“We feel especially sorry for our drivers who were in with the chance of doing something special for the people back in the factory who are working so hard and for all our fans.
“We are now carrying out an in-depth analysis of what happened.
“What we do know is that they were two completely different problems, neither of which had ever occurred before.
“The first indications from Sebastian’s car lead us to believe it could be related to a component on the intercooler.
“The component is to the same specification as those used previously and it was fitted new.
“Charles had a problem with the fuel pump control unit.”
Binotto has nonetheless stressed that Ferrari must “react calmly” and attack the 67-lap race in the best possible manner.
“We have shown this weekend that our race pace is good, which makes it even more frustrating that we were not able to show what we could do in qualifying,” he said.
“We are angry with ourselves and I myself feel responsible for what has happened. But I am also aware that we must react calmly and do our best. That’s what we’re here to do.”