Ferrari have an illness, says Mercedes team boss Wolff

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff said Ferrari "have an illness" following a terrible qualifying session at Hockenheim on Saturday in which both drivers suffered mechanical failures.

Sebastian Vettel will start his home grand prix from the back of the grid after a turbo problem forced him into a first Q1 exit since the Malaysian Grand Prix of 2017.

Charles Leclerc looked in good form until a fuel issue left him unable to set a time in Q3, meaning he will line up in 10th place on Sunday.

A galling day for Ferrari, who had set the pace in Friday's practice sessions, was compounded when Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton claimed his fourth pole position of the season.

Wolff said to Sky Sports: "It's a shame for Ferrari and a shame for Sebastian at his home grand prix as we need him here for the crowd. You can see it's a bit subdued at the moment. Ferrari really have an illness in there at the moment which they need to cure.

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Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton crushes during the German Formula One Grand Prix at the Hockenheim racing circuit on July 28, 2019 in Hockenheim, southern Germany. (Photo by Christof STACHE / AFP) (Photo credit should read CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY - JULY 28: Third placed Daniil Kvyat of Russia and Scuderia Toro Rosso celebrates on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Germany at Hockenheimring on July 28, 2019 in Hockenheim, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY - JULY 28: Race winner Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing and second placed Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari celebrate in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Germany at Hockenheimring on July 28, 2019 in Hockenheim, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY - JULY 28: The Scuderia Toro Rosso team celebrate the third place of Daniil Kvyat of Russia and Scuderia Toro Rosso during the F1 Grand Prix of Germany at Hockenheimring on July 28, 2019 in Hockenheim, Germany. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)
HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY - JULY 28: Pierre Gasly of France and Red Bull Racing prepares to drive on the grid before the F1 Grand Prix of Germany at Hockenheimring on July 28, 2019 in Hockenheim, Germany. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
Ferrari's German driver Sebastian Vettel compete during the German Formula One Grand Prix at the Hockenheim racing circuit on July 28, 2019 in Hockenheim, southern Germany. (Photo by Andrej ISAKOVIC / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
Track stewards lift the car of Renault's German driver Nico Hulkenberg after crushing as Red Bull's Dutch driver Max Verstappen drives by during the German Formula One Grand Prix at the Hockenheim racing circuit on July 28, 2019 in Hockenheim, southern Germany. (Photo by Andrej ISAKOVIC / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY - JULY 28: Race winner Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Germany at Hockenheimring on July 28, 2019 in Hockenheim, Germany. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY - JULY 28: Race winner Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing celebrates on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Germany at Hockenheimring on July 28, 2019 in Hockenheim, Germany. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
Second placed Ferrari's German driver Sebastian Vettel (R) and winner Red Bull's Dutch driver Max Verstappen celebrate with champagne on the podium after the German Formula One Grand Prix at the Hockenheim racing circuit on July 28, 2019 in Hockenheim, southern Germany. (Photo by Andrej ISAKOVIC / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
Winner Red Bull's Dutch driver Max Verstappen celebrates on his car after the German Formula One Grand Prix at the Hockenheim racing circuit on July 28, 2019 in Hockenheim, southern Germany. (Photo by Andrej ISAKOVIC / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton (Front) and Ferrari's Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc crush during the German Formula One Grand Prix at the Hockenheim racing circuit on July 28, 2019 in Hockenheim, southern Germany. (Photo by Christof STACHE / AFP) (Photo credit should read CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
Ferrari's Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc gets out of his car after crushing during the German Formula One Grand Prix at the Hockenheim racing circuit on July 28, 2019 in Hockenheim, southern Germany. (Photo by Christof STACHE / AFP) (Photo credit should read CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
Renault's German driver Nico Hulkenberg steps out of his car after crushing during the German Formula One Grand Prix at the Hockenheim racing circuit on July 28, 2019 in Hockenheim, southern Germany. (Photo by Andrej ISAKOVIC / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
Red Bull Racing�s French driver Pierre Gasly crashes during the second practice session of the German F1 Grand Prix. (Photo by Jure Makovec / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Scuderia Ferrari�s Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc competes during the second practice session of the German F1 Grand Prix. (Photo by Jure Makovec / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team�s Canadian driver Lance Stroll competes during the first practice session of the German F1 Grand Prix. (Photo by Jure Makovec / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Haas F1's French driver Romain Grosjean competes during the start of the German Formula One Grand Prix at the Hockenheim racing circuit on July 28, 2019 in Hockenheim, southern Germany. (Photo by Christof STACHE / AFP) (Photo credit should read CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
28th July 2019, Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Germany; Formula 1 Mercedes-Benz German Grand Prix; Race Day; Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport, Lewis Hamilton leads the start under damp conditions (photo by Octane/Action Plus via Getty Images)
HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY - JULY 28: Race winner Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB15 takes the chequered flag and the win during the F1 Grand Prix of Germany at Hockenheimring on July 28, 2019 in Hockenheim, Germany. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY - JULY 28: Daniil Kvyat driving the (26) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR14 Honda on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Germany at Hockenheimring on July 28, 2019 in Hockenheim, Germany. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
French driver Pierre Gasly�s Red Bull car is being towed away after crashing during the second practice session of the German F1 Grand Prix. (Photo by Jure Makovec / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Scuderia Ferrari�s Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc competes during the second practice session of the German F1 Grand Prix. (Photo by Jure Makovec / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Red Bull Racing�s French driver Pierre Gasly is being rescued after crashing during the second practice session of the German F1 Grand Prix. (Photo by Jure Makovec / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team�s British driver Lewis Hamilton competes during the second practice session of the German F1 Grand Prix. (Photo by Jure Makovec / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Red Bull Racing�s French driver Pierre Gasly leaves his car after crashing during the second practice session of the German F1 Grand Prix. (Photo by Jure Makovec / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY - JULY 27: Pole position qualifier Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP waves to the crowd in parc ferme during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Germany at Hockenheimring on July 27, 2019 in Hockenheim, Germany. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY - JULY 27: Sparks fly behind Lance Stroll of Canada driving the (18) Racing Point RP19 Mercedes on track during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Germany at Hockenheimring on July 27, 2019 in Hockenheim, Germany. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY - JULY 27: Valtteri Bottas driving the (77) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W10 in the Pitlane during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Germany at Hockenheimring on July 27, 2019 in Hockenheim, Germany. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY - JULY 27: Mercedes GP Executive Director Toto Wolff looks on in the Paddock after qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Germany at Hockenheimring on July 27, 2019 in Hockenheim, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY - JULY 27: Lance Stroll of Canada driving the (18) Racing Point RP19 Mercedes on track during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Germany at Hockenheimring on July 27, 2019 in Hockenheim, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY - JULY 27: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB15 on track during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Germany at Hockenheimring on July 27, 2019 in Hockenheim, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY - JULY 27: Pole position qualifier Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP waves to the crowd in parc ferme during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Germany at Hockenheimring on July 27, 2019 in Hockenheim, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY - JULY 27: Top three qualifiers Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP, Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing and Valtteri Bottas of Finland and Mercedes GP pose for a photo in parc ferme during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Germany at Hockenheimring on July 27, 2019 in Hockenheim, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY - JULY 27: Top three qualifiers Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP, Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing and Valtteri Bottas of Finland and Mercedes GP pose for a photo in parc ferme during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Germany at Hockenheimring on July 27, 2019 in Hockenheim, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY - JULY 27: Sparks fly behind Pierre Gasly of France driving the (10) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB15 on track during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Germany at Hockenheimring on July 27, 2019 in Hockenheim, Germany. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)
Red Bull's French driver Pierre Gasly steers his car during the qualifying session of the German Formula One Grand Prix at the Hockenheim racing circuit on July 27, 2019 in Hockenheim, southern Germany. (Photo by ANDREJ ISAKOVIC / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY - JULY 27: Mick Schumacher of Germany drives the Ferrari F2004 of his father Michael Schumacher on track after final practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Germany at Hockenheimring on July 27, 2019 in Hockenheim, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY - JULY 27: Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing prepares to drive in the garage during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Germany at Hockenheimring on July 27, 2019 in Hockenheim, Germany. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
Mercedes' Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas in the pit during the qualifying session of the German Formula One Grand Prix at the Hockenheim racing circuit on July 27, 2019 in Hockenheim, southern Germany. (Photo by VALDRIN XHEMAJ / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read VALDRIN XHEMAJ/AFP/Getty Images)
Mercedes' Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas steers his car during the qualifying session of the German Formula One Grand Prix at the Hockenheim racing circuit on July 27, 2019 in Hockenheim, southern Germany. (Photo by ANDREJ ISAKOVIC / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY - JULY 27: Pole position qualifier Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP talks in the press conference after qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Germany at Hockenheimring on July 27, 2019 in Hockenheim, Germany. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
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"We need them for a strong championship, but for us I'm happy. The session started awfully, and we didn't understand why we were lacking pace, but slowly it came towards us."

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