led the way through Saturday practice at the Ring with Vettel’s teammate , and occupied the top two spots heading into the final phase of qualifying.

However, as Q3 began, mechanics began to work frantically on the left side of Vettel’s car.

As his rivals took to the track, Vettel remained stuck in the garage – and then vacated his with a few minutes left of the session.

While he was left without setting a time, Leclerc went on to score his second pole of the season.

More F1 qualifying news:

said immediately after qualifying that Vettel’s car had suffered “a problem with the air pressure line to the engine”.

It is not yet known what changes this may trigger to solve the problem.

Vettel will gain one place on the grid thanks to ’s five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change. The driver had qualified fifth-fastest.

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