Formula 1 in Hockenheim: Vettel fails in the first round - Hamilton starts from the pole position
Sebastian Vettel has experienced a debacle in qualifying for his Formula 1 home race at the Hockenheimring. The 32-year-old retired because of problems with his Ferrari already in the first knockout round. With that he has to start from the very back at the race on Sunday (15.10 pm, TV: RTL and Sky, Liveticker SPIEGEL ONLINE). Also teammate Charles Leclerc retired later.
The pole position went to world champion Lewis Hamilton. The British Mercedes driver relegated Max Verstappen (Netherlands) to the Red Bull and his team-mate Valtteri Bottas (Finland).
"I have a problem, I lost power," Vettel complained after a few minutes and had to go back to the garage without a scored round. Just over four minutes before the end of the first qualifying session, the four-time World Champion then got out of his car and took off his helmet.
"This is totally disappointing, especially because it happened here and the car was very good," said Vettel: "I had a good feeling on Friday and this morning too." The frustration level is now extremely high. "
Ferrari had previously won every training session. But after only a few meters on the first qualifying lap Vettel reported a loss of power and rolled back to the pits. It was hectic in the Ferrari garage, but the time was not enough to solve the problem: The air flow to the turbocharger was disturbed, already a month ago in the qualifying of Austria Vettel had been stopped by a very similar problem.
Leclerc had to get out too
Vettel failed for the first time since the Malaysian Grand Prix in October 2017 in Q1. It is the next low point in a disappointing season: So far Vettel could not win a race; In the overall standings he is in fourth place, 100 points behind the leader Hamilton.
For Ferrari, this day was not only a disappointment due to Vettels departure: Leclerc had to leave his car in the garage in the third knockout round. A drive was not possible for the 21-year-old due to a problem with the gasoline supply. Leclerc was still tenth after all.