Another typical qualifying session from Ferrari on Saturday, ahead of the Eifel Grand Prix. It was yet again a tale of two halves from their drivers Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel. The former was brilliant all throughout qualifying and will start the race in P4. However, at his final home Grand Prix with the Scuderia, Vettel could manage no better than a P11 start for the race.
This was Vettel’s 7 consecutive Q2 knockout. Not the kind of consistency he would want to be associated with.
The disappointment from Vettel was telling. Soon after Q2 ended, the German inquired by as to how much he missed getting into Q3. His race engineer told him he missed the cut-off by 4 tenths of a second. And confirmed that Vettel will be starting P11 on the grid.
The news was met with a long moment of silence from the 33-year-old. In the end, he replied with nothing but an, “OK.”
This is not the first time the German has made use of the silent treatment.
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Despite being a 4-times world champion, Vettel has never quite achieved total domination over his home Grands Prix. He has only won one race in Germany, back during his Red Bull days in 2013. And with Saturday’s performance, he isn’t going to be amending that stat any time soon.
Charles Leclerc dumps Sebastian Vettel out in Q2
As if getting knocked out in Q2 yet again wasn’t bad enough, the result would taste all the more sour considering that it was Leclerc who dealt the killer blow to Vettel.
The German had managed to push above the drop zone, but Leclerc who is having quite the weekend, sent his teammate tumbling back into P11.
Time was already up and Vettel must’ve breathed a sigh of relief. But his relief soon turned to horror as Leclerc (who was also in the drop zone) zoomed past the chequered flag into P5.
For all of Vettel’s disappointments this season, Leclerc must be given credit for outperforming in the lackluster SF1000.
It definitely showcases the young Monegasque’s talent and once The Prancing Horse can sort out their issues with the car, you’d definitely back Leclerc to be a future title contender.
As for Vettel, time seems to be passing very slowly. He’d want to get out of Ferrari as soon as possible, wanting to start a new and hopefully brighter chapter with Aston Martin.