The troubles at Ferrari continued with Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel only managing to qualify in fifth and sixth position.
In a chaotic race week for Ferrari, with exit of technical director James Allison, and unstable performance, the Italian outfit continued to struggle to keep up with the Red Bulls as Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen, who qualified third and fourth for German Grand Prix.
Four-time world champion could only manage sixth fastest, behind teammate Raikkonen who was two tenths of a second ahead in fifth place.
‘We’re not here to finish fifth and sixth,’ said Vettel. ‘We’re here to challenge for pole on Saturday and win on Sunday.
‘I am not happy with sixth position, it was a difficult session. In the moment I tried to do the best, we didn’t get everything together.
‘We need to understand what happened. I was reasonably happy with my lap, but it wasn’t quick enough. We struggled to extract the pace from the car.
‘We know the car can be quicker, but we didn’t manage to get it in the right window, that’s our job and we didn’t succeed.’
The German expects better on race day, he admits the race will be ‘tough’.
‘I’m sure that tomorrow we’ll be competitive,’ he said. ‘But again we start a little bit from the back foot, so it will be tough because here it’s not easy to overtake.
‘I think we don’t have to hide, in terms of race pace we are fast, then it should be an interesting race.’