‘Ferrari really have an illness and they need to cure it’: Toto Wolff claims rivals have to find winning formula after double mechanical failure allows Mercedes to claim German GP pole
- Toto Wolff saw his team take first and third in qualifying for German Grand Prix
- Lewis Hamilton is on pole position for the team ahead of Max Verstappen
- Mercedes had looked inferior to Ferrari throughout the Hockenheim weekend
- But Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel both fell victim to mechanical issues
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Toto Wolff has claimed Ferrari desperately need to arrest their recent run of misfortune for the benefit of the world championship.
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.
With Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel topping the time sheets throughout the Hockenheim weekend, they had hopes of locking out the front row in qualifying.
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff reflected after qualifying that Ferrari needed to cure an illness
Lewis Hamilton took advantage of Ferrari’s issues to land pole position for the German GP
Instead, Vettel suffered a turbo issue at the start of Q1 leaving him to start last place, while Leclerc’s fuel system problem denied him a run in the pole position shootout leaving him 10th.
Mercedes picked up the pieces to take pole position with Lewis Hamilton, but team boss Wolff, dressed in retro attire to celebrate 125 years of motorsport, was still left deflated at the end of the session.
‘It’s a shame for Ferrari, a shame for Seb at his home grand prix. We really need him here for the crowd and you can see it is a bit subdued,’ he told Sky Sports.
‘Ferrari really have an illness and they need to cure it. It’s a shame because we need them for a strong championship. But for us I’m happy because the session started awfully. We didn’t understand why we were lacking pace and it slowly came towards us.’
Ferrari were favourites to land pole but both cars were struck by mechanical issues
Charles Leclerc climbs out his Ferrari at the start of the pole position shootout
In the sister Mercedes, Valtteri Bottas was third behind Max Verstappen’s Red Bull but over three tenths of a second down on Hamilton, who he also trails in the world championship by 39 points.
However, Wolff denied the Finn was under pressure and insisted he could take the fight to Hamilton on race day.
‘He’s not far off,’ he added. ‘Lewis put in an incredible lap and tomorrow is the race. It is about if the temperatures stay like this and making it to the end and the right strategy and I think Valtteri has every chance.