Yeah, it does. A lot of excitement. I had done the practice one session in 2011 in a Force India
but it is the first proper race attempt. The Nürburgring has always been very kind to me. I've had lots of good finishes here, won a lot of races and have done many laps here. I really like the place, obviously a lot of history on this circuit and the Nordschleife, so I'm really looking forward to this weekend.
Racing in front of your home fans at a track you know well – how much does that help you and how much does it raise the goals that you and Sauber might have for this weekend?
Maybe there is a bit of extra motivation but you have to be realistic with what we have. But I'll try everything to make it a good weekend for us and I'll just look forward and try to enjoy it as much as I can.
Sebastian happy birthday for this week. Probably the only thing you celebrate in July given that you've not won in front of your home fans in Formula One. You haven't won in July either – which seems a strange one.
I think it was much more important what we have achieved the last four years and the last three years in particular. So, yeah, I think we've have good races in the past here but also in Hockenheim. So in Germany in general. Was always close but not good enough to win yet – but I hope I have a little bit of time left to try again. We definitely try this weekend.
As the defending World Champion you race with a lot of focus on you week after week. How much does that intensify when you come to a German Grand Prix
in front of your home fans?
Well surely it's special. As the other drivers… as Nico just touched on, I think we've done a lot of racing here before our time in Formula One so we know the circuit well. Obviously it's great to come back and especially the last couple of years with more and more people supporting the team, supporting myself. It's great to come back and really get a feeling of a true home grand prix. So, I'm looking forward to this weekend, looking forward to the support from the fans and yeah, hopefully see more and more Red Bull
flags around the track.
Daniel, to you next, happy birthday to you this week as well. Don't know what you got for a birthday present but I'm sure the one you're really looking for is to be Sebastian's team-mate for next year. That would surely be the best present of all – wouldn't it?
Yeah, I guess so. Birthday present… that was Monday, that was my birthday, after the race. So, I was just coming down from the weekend really. Had a bit of birthday cake, not too much, of course. Obviously talk about next year was pretty frequent last weekend. For me, just keep trying to do what I'm doing, keep pushing and… yeah… it's nice to hear some positive things. Definitely. It would be a great position to be in but I've still got a bit of work ahead of me. Silverstone went well. I think that didn't hinder anything. I've got to keep doing that.
Is that all you can do? Just keep doing what you're doing? You've not set yourself new goals, new targets to attract the attention of those that might make the decision?