WATCH: How Ferrari's qualifying nightmare unfolded in Germany
Lewis Hamilton may say otherwise, but there were few at Hockenheim who didn't have Ferrari pegged for pole position on Saturday, if not a front-row lockout. But as on other occasions this year, the ultimate prize eluded the Italian team just as it appeared within their grasp, with Vettel a turbo issue preventing Sebastian Vettel from completing as much as one flying lap in Q1 before a fuel system issue stopped Charles Leclerc in his tracks on the eve of the pole position shootout...
“At the moment the entire team is bitterly disappointed," said Ferrari 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.
"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.
"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 tomorrow. That’s what we’re here to do.”