Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto says bad luck was not to blame for their failings during qualifying for the German Grand Prix on Saturday (Race Winning Team – Ferrari 13/2).

The Scuderia had looked well placed to challenge for pole position in Hockenheim after they finished quickest in all three practice sessions, but reliability issues cost both Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc during qualifying.

Vettel, at his home Grand Prix, was unable to post a time during Q1 and is now set to start Sunday’s race at the back of the grid, while Leclerc did make it through to the final session but was unable to get on the track (Race Winner – Leclerc 9/1, Vettel 25/1).

Binotto insists the two issues are unrelated, as Vettel’s car had a turbo-related problem while Leclerc’s suffered a fuel system glitch.

However, the 49-year-old believes the car issues were not just down to bad luck and he has urged his team to learn from their mistakes as they go in search of their first race victory of 2019.

“There’s no doubt that the team is very disappointed,” Binotto told Sky Sports.

“We’re disappointed not only because we gave a really good performance today, but also because it is something that shouldn’t have happened. It’s a shame for our drivers, and because of them we could have done a very good qualy today.

“It’s something we do need to think about internally, as I don’t believe it’s down to bad luck, myself. I think it’s only a matter of us improving our internal processes.

“In order to improve as a team, we need to learn our lessons.”

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton will start from pole during Sunday’s race ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Silver Arrows team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

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