LEWIS HAMILTON took a comfortable pole position for the German Grand Prix.
But it was another day of disaster for Ferrari and their drivers, Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc.
Vettel did not even set a lap time and will start dead-last, while Leclerc’s car was retired at the start of Q3 with a fuel problem meaning he will start in 10th place.
Vettel, who is desperate to win here, just 30 miles from his home town, has never won a German GP at Hockenheim.
And with this the last time it is due to be on the calendar, he now knows he faces a near-on impossible task of achieving it.
Things has looked to be going so well, too, for the four-time world champion, who was quick in practice.
Yet a problem with the air supply to his turbo meant he was forced out of qualifying at the first hurdle and embarrassingly climbed out of his cockpit starring at more failure.
It has been a shocking 12 months for Vettel since he crashed out while leading this race and means it is almost impossible to think of his chances of stopping Hamilton’s march to the title.
He said: “I don’t know what happened – something was broken with the turbo. It’s bitter for us. The car feels great and we have missed a big opportunity here.”
And just when Ferrari thought it couldn’t get any worse, Leclerc was also forced to retire from qualifying with a separate issue.
Meanwhile, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen himself suffered a nervy moment as he too experienced a power loss but his team were able to fix the issue and he qualified in second place.
Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate, Valtteri Bottas will line up in third place alongside Pierre Gasly.
Further back, there were disappointments for Daniel Ricciardo, who qualified down in 13th place in his Renault while Lando Norris will line up in 15th on the gird.
George Russell qualified in 18th in his Williams but he has now beaten teammate Robert Kubica 11-0 in qualifying.
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