CHARLES LECLERC insists Ferrari can still score points at the German Grand Prix despite their qualifying disaster at the German Grand Prix.
Leclerc looked set for pole but did not even make the top-10 shootout and will start 10th on the grid at the Hockenheimring.
Team-mate Sebastian Vettel suffered a complete disaster as a power supply issue means he will start dead last in front of his home German crowd.
Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton took advantage to claim pole position and is now a big favourite to win and extend his lead at the top of the drivers’ standings.
However, Leclerc says Ferrari can recover to put pressure on their rivals as he sent out a defiant message to the rest of the grid.
“I feel for the whole team,” he wrote on Instagram.
“But the points are scored on a Sunday and I will give absolutely everything to make everyone smile again tomorrow. It is going to be a fun race.”
Vettel remained equally positive despite struggling to hide his disappointment.
“I think the car is great,” the four-time world champion said.
“Lost out on a big chance but hopefully we’ll have a big one coming again tomorrow.
“It’s very painful here obviously. I was looking forward to having fun. Now we start last, it would have been nice to start first. I think the car has it.”
Hamilton is also expecting a close race and admitted he was surprised to be sitting at the front for Sunday’s race.
“I’m not really sure how we did it today, and I’m not really sure what happened to the Ferraris,” he said.
“But it’s such an important race for us, our second home Grand Prix, and 125 years of motor racing, so it’s incredible to celebrate in this way.
“We’ve brought some upgrades this weekend, and the car has felt really good.
“Ferrari have been really fast this weekend, and I think they’ve been on a slightly different level.
“I think the times at the end were good enough to be able to compete with Leclerc if he’d done a lap at the end. It would’ve been close between us.”