Having admitted that he wished, albeit briefly, to have been British while standing on the podium at Silverstone three weekends ago, Sebastian Vettel will this Sunday get the chance to really feel what it is like to receive the adulation of the home crown when one of their own wins a grand prix.
Still enjoying his second success of the 2009 F1 season, the German heads for the Nurburgring hoping that Red Bull's new-found form carries over into the second half of the season, allowing him to further close the gap on championship leader Jenson Button. The Milton Keynes team were near untouchable at Silverstone, denying Button the sort of homecoming he deserved after dominating the opening half of the year by claiming a comfortable 1-2 result.
While the British crowd gave Vettel a rapturous reception, leading to his famous quote about nationality, the German is keen to find out how his home crowd will react should he be able to rack up back-to-back wins.
"I am always happy when I have won a race but, listening to the German anthem in Germany when you are a German, then it is definitely something very special," he admitted to the RBR website, "I like it that there are so many fans of motorsport [in Germany] and that these people are cheering and support you with horns, flags and stuff like this. That influences your mood in a positive way. There is nothing better than the in-lap in front of your home crowd after winning a race."
Already a winner on the 'new' Nurburgring in everything from FBMW, F3 and World Series by Renault - and trumping many of his rivals by having lapped the infamous Nordschleife behind the wheel of a kart - Vettel believes that racing on home ground still confers some sort of advantage, even if it didn't work for title rival Button last time out.
"I have a lot of good memories of the Nürburgring, and I'd say it's like a soccer match when you play on your home ground - you always give 100 per cent," he explained, "In a home race, you're even more motivated because, at home, you feel comfortable. During the 90 minutes of the race, I do not think about which country I'm in, because I am concentrated on racing but, before and after, this is special because being at home is the best place to stay. It's not far from the Nürburgring, in Kerpen, that I got a lot of kart experience which is why I have many friends in this region."
While no-one - not least Vettel, Red Bull team chief Christian Horner and designer Adrian Newey - expect the RB5's advantage over the Brawn cars to be anything like it was at Silverstone, the driver remains confident that the continual development at Milton Keynes will keep the team at the sharp end this weekend.
"The guys in the factory are working hard, so we have new parts at every race," Vettel confirmed, before explaining how he and team-mate Webber will sort through the refinements on the opening day of this weekend's meeting, "New parts which need to be tested are divided between me and Mark. For example, one tests the front wing and the other the suspension. Additionally, we share the data about tyres. Mark's driving style is similar to mine, which makes it all easier for the team, because there is just one direction of development.
"However, you can say that you will win a certain race only if you are sure you have the right equipment, which means the right car. Between the lines that means 'wait and see!'"