Sebastian Vettel knocked out in Q1 in German GP qualifying

Sebastian Vettel knocked out in Q1 in German GP qualifying

Ferrari have endured a season of toil having failed to win a race, but looked in good shape to end that drought at the German Grand Prix.

Ferrari's loss was Mercedes' gain, as Hamilton went on to secure pole with Max Verstappen in second and Valtteri Bottas in third.

Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc had no doubt the team let a shot at pole position slip through its fingers after suffering vehicle issues on both cars in qualifying at the German Grand Prix.

Set-up changes and bodywork changes, not to mention a deleted lap time, left an unhappy Hamilton fifth in front of Carlos Sainz, Pierre Gasly, Raikkonen and Grosjean who rounded off the top ten. 'Lewis put in an incredible lap and tomorrow is the race. "Thanks, Toto", he replied.

"We have a new upgrade for the cooling systems so that should be more efficient - and should give hopefully quite a few degrees of margin, but I'm not sure anyone expected to be racing in 40 degrees".

Had Hamilton not taken part in qualifying, he would also have been ruled out of the race, with Ocon becoming the team's official entrant.

"My first lap was spot-on and the second lap was better in places", said Hamilton.

"It's obviously looking good, but on the other hand it's only Friday and we know Mercedes sometimes is hiding a little bit until Saturday, so it's not going to be easy", said the Monegasque.

"I think he'll settle down this evening and by tomorrow morning he'll be back on it and firing on all pistons". After an agonising wait in the garage, he soon climbed out of his vehicle as Q1 neared its conclusion, meaning he is set to start at the back of the grid.

"I don't know what programme our rivals were on, and how much they had to turn down the engine mapping because of the heat". "Coming here I don't feel we are the favorites, but I do feel we have a chance". So I think it would have been nice to have a really, really hot race.

Bottas preceded Hamilton out on to the track as the reigning world champion was stalled in the Mercedes garage, asking for an alternative pair of gloves.

Hamilton was first out in Q2 on mediums as the sun returned following a tiresome morning in Baden-Wurttemburg.

The Q3 session began with Mercedes out first again in their anniversary-liveried cars while Ferrari were besieged as Leclerc's auto was under examination in their garage.

After their first runs, Leclerc led the way ahead of Vettel while Hamilton was fourth behind Verstappen and Bottas outside the top ten.

"We've brought some upgrades this weekend, and the vehicle has felt really good".

"I lost it", he told the team, a blow to his fragile confidence only two weeks after his best result, fourth, at the British Grand Prix.

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