Drivers: Nico Hulkenberg
(Force India), Mark Webber
(Red Bull Racing), Timo Glock
(Marussia), Nico Rosberg
(Mercedes), Sebastian Vettel
(Red Bull Racing), Michael Schumacher (Mercedes).
Nico Hulkenberg, starting with you, but it's a question for all the German drivers – you best memories of Hockenheim. Doesn't matter whether it's a Formula One memory or any other series or even just spectating.
Well, actually my first ever formula car race was here, in 2005, with Formula BMW, the opener here at Hockenheim and luckily I won the first race right away, so great memories for me here. I race in Formula BMW
quite a lot, in Formula 3, 2010 and Formula One. It's a placing I've been racing at a lot and I really enjoy being here.
Timo, your best memory here.
Definitely in 2006 when I won the GP2 race. On the last lap I think I overtook the leader and won the race, so I think that was the best one. Not the best memory was 2008 when I finished the race in the wall in the last corner and had to go to hospital, so up and down.
Yeah, it's very special to come here. As Nico said also I've been here so many times, testing in the winter and in the summer, testing all the time and driving in so many races. And now coming here as a Silver Arrows driver, which wasn't really the case two years ago, it's great. A lot of friends and family coming and I really enjoy the track and I have high hopes of doing a top result here.
Any particular major memory?
For example, winning the, no… I think was already BMW
champion at the time but winning the last two races was a great memory for example.
Sebastian, major memories? Were you a spectator here?
Yeah, I remember the first time I came here was with my father in I think 1992. I was five years old and we came on a Friday, it was raining like crazy, on the old track. We were for the cars to come, for Michael to come, but they only did the installation lap but that was already enough because just to hear the cars, the sound, see them, see the spray was unique. So that's a nice memory. A couple of years later I watched again a F1 Grand Prix, from the main grandstand and it was very hot. I remember they sold water for 10 Deutsche Marks, which was really expensive at the time and later on when we left we found out that they had just refilled the water bottles from the tap, so that was quite a good business. After that, through Formula BMW
and Formula 3, similar to the two Nicos, a lot of racing here. It's not far away from where I was born, where I grew up, therefore it's obviously special to come here.
Michael, three wins here, what are your greatest memories?
I guess it's the first one, in 1995, when I stopped at some part of track, because I think I stalled the engine and I got towed back to the pits, which was, in a way, nice because you have lots of time to enjoy the atmosphere, all the fans, the appreciation… I mean they had to wait for such a long time, although in 1994 we already had a race-winning car, but then retired. So yeah, in '95 a German finally won a German race.
Nico, back to you. Vijay Mallya says the team needs more luck. What do you feel is required within the team now – you're scoring points on a regular basis now?