Ferrari’s F1 team principal Mattia Binotto says the whole team is bitterly disappointed with the double disaster in the qualifying for the German GP and that he personally feels responsible and angry about what has happened.
For the fifth time this season Ferrari looked like a pole position contender after Bahrain, Azerbaijan, Canada and Austria, and although they were the fastest in the first three practice sessions, they were hit by two different failures that prevented Vettel and Leclerc to show what they could do.
Of the five races that seemed to have a speed for the pole position, Ferrari took three poles, but so far no pole positions were turned into the first win this season, which seems to be out of reach from the 10th and 20th starting place in Germany.
“At the moment the entire team is bitterly disappointed. 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,” said Binotto.
“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.”
Leclerc advanced to Q3 using medium tyres in Q2, as well as Mercedes drivers, while Vettel has the freedom to choose tyres for the start of the race since he was stuck in Q1.
Binotto believes that Ferrari drivers will progress from their starting positions as they have good speed on longer runs, but regret they will not be able to show that from better starting positions.
“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 tomorrow. That’s what we’re here to do.”