Vettel never won the German GP and eyes victory at Hockenheim
By Berthold Bouman
A German who has never won the German Grand Prix is of course current back-to-back World Champion Sebastian Vettel. He was second in 2009, third in 2010 and fourth in 2011, so he actually went downhill, hopefully for him, he will not finish fifth this year.
Just like other German drivers, he is looking forward to race in front of a home crowd, “I’m looking forward to the German Grand Prix, hopefully there will be at least as many people supporting the German drivers as there were in Silverstone last weekend.”
And he added, “Hockenheim is only half an hour away from my home town, so I have a lot of friends and family there and it’s always a special crowd to race in front of. I’ve driven on that circuit in different series and it’s always been great. The campsites near the new circuit are fun and it’s special to meet the fans there. I haven’t won the German GP before and of course, I would like to!”
Mark Webber did win the German Grand Prix in 2009, but that was on the Nurburgring, a completely different circuit. “Obviously the German Grand Prix now switches between Nurburgring and Hockenheim with this year’s taking place in Hockenheim. We were last there in 2010 and it’s always a good atmosphere,” the Australian said.
He also likes the circuit, “There’s a long, long straight around the back into the hairpin, so we have a high top speed there and it’s always important to get the last sector together due to the combination of corners in quick succession. The temperatures will be interesting as it can sometimes be a hot race, so I’m looking forward to it.”
Red Bull has not been as dominant this season as they were in 2011, but after Webber’s win and Vettel’s third place at Silverstone, Red Bull is leading the Constructors’ Championship with 216 points, 64 points ahead of the number two, Ferrari.
Webber is currently second in the Drivers’ Championship, 13 points behind leader Fernando Alonso, while Vettel is third, 29 points behind the leader.