German Grand Prix – Toto Wolff claims it’s “a shame” that Ferrari’s technical problems have dented their chances of mounting a wider championship challenge to Mercedes.
Ferrari’s hopes of being able to recover some lost ground in the championship were hampered by technical problems for both Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel during qualifying for the German Grand Prix.
This resulted in Max Verstappen being the only driver who could stop Mercedes from taking their eighth pole position of the season.
The Silver Arrows ended up taking first and third for their home race, with Lewis Hamilton boosting his championship chances by taking his fourth pole position of the year.
Speaking to Sky Sports F1 after qualifying, Mercedes team principal Wolff said that, whilst he sympathised with Ferrari, the Mercedes team were in better shape for qualifying compared to FP3.
“It’s a shame for Ferrari and a shame for Sebastian at his home Grand Prix,” said Wolff.
“You can see from the crowds that it’s a bit subdued at the moment and Ferrari really have illnesses in their cars, and they need to cure them because it’s a shame because we need them for the championship.
“For us, I’m happy because the session started really awfully. We didn’t understand where we were lacking pace and then the session slowly came towards us.
When asked if he could explain Bottas’ gap to Hamilton, he understandably refused to rule out the Finn from race win contention.
“Valtteri isn’t far off. Lewis put in an incredible lap. Tomorrow in the race, if the temperatures stay like this making it to the end, and having the right strategy, then I think Valtteri has every chance.”