Sebastian Vettel did not make it out of the primary qualifying spherical and will solely muster a lowly 17th place, whereas teammate Charles Leclerc made it into the second qualifying spherical however may solely declare 13th on the grid forward of Sunday’s race.
Ferrari knew it could battle for pace coming into this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix, however even they could not have predicted issues can be this unhealthy.
Leclerc sits in fifth place within the drivers’ championship with 45 factors, already 112 factors behind runaway chief Lewis Hamilton. Issues are even worse for four-time world champion Vettel, who solely has 16 factors and sits in 13th place.
Within the constructors’ standings, Ferrari is in fifth place and a whopping 203 factors behind chief Mercedes.
One miniscule silver lining for Ferrari is that its fervent supporters — often known as the ‘tifosi’ — weren’t current to witness the disastrous efficiency, with races nonetheless being pushed behind closed doorways.
“On the finish, we anticipated it a little bit bit coming into the weekend,” a visibly annoyed Leclerc advised Sky Sports activities. “We knew Spa [last weekend] and right here have been the 2 worst tracks for us. It is like this … it is robust.
“For now, it is like this and I must extract the utmost out of the automotive. It hurts much more that it is at dwelling. That is the truth for us in the mean time. We have to work,” Leclerc stated.
On the prime of the leaderboard, Mercedes recorded one more 1-2 as Lewis Hamilton secured his eighth pole on the Italian Grand Prix, with teammate Valtteri Bottas narrowly shedding out by one tenth of a second to start out second on the grid.
“It was a unbelievable efficiency from the staff,” Hamilton advised Sky Sports activities. “It wasn’t the best, you’ve got seen how shut it was between us. It wanted a clear lap and I received each.
“Valtteri was robust and saved pushing, I used to be a bit nervous going via the ultimate sector. Within the years I have been right here, I’ve had instances once we had much less downforce and grip, [but] the pace via the Lesmos [corner] was superior. It is making an attempt to finds the suitable steadiness which isn’t really easy,” Hamilton stated.
McLaren’s Carlos Sainz put in arguably the efficiency of the day to safe third for his finest ever grid spot, whereas Racing Level driver Sergio Perez’s 4th place equaled his finest ever qualifying place.
- 1. Hamilton
- 2. Bottas
- three. Sainz
- four. Perez
- 5. Verstappen
- 6. Norris
- 7. Ricciardo
- eight. Stroll
- 9. Albon
- 10. Gasly