Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto says he feels personally responsible for the failures which sidelined both the team’s cars in qualifying yesterday.Sebastian Vettel’s car stopped in Q1 and Charles Leclerc was unable to participate in Q3 after different problems halted both SF90s.
“We are angry with ourselves and I myself feel responsible for what has happened,” said Binotto after qualifying. “But I am also aware that we must react calmly and do our best tomorrow. That’s what we’re here to do.”
The team had been quickest in all three practice sessions at the Hockenheimring before qualifying. “At the moment the entire team is bitterly disappointed,” said 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,” said Binotto.
Neither of the problems which struck the cars had occured previously, 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 is set to start the race from 10th while Vettel will line up 20th and last. “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,” Binotto added.
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