Sebastian Vettel says he is carrying extra motivation into this weekend's German Grand Prix as the defending F1 champion seeks to secure a home victory for the first time.
The Red Bull driver, who has yet to finish lower than second this season and takes an 80 point lead into the Nurburgring race, finished on the podium for the past two seasons in the German GP but hasn't yet taken to the top step – something he will seek to put right this weekend to strengthen his championship advantage.
Vettel's best finish in the race came the last time the German GP was run at the Nurburgring in 2009 and he admitted that he was looking forward to being back in action at a circuit he insists is amongst his favourite on the calendar.
“One of the objectives a Formula One driver sets himself, is to win his home race,” he said. “Of course, you always give 100 per cent, but at a home race you're always more motivated, simply because you feel at home. This year we're back at the Nurburgring, which is one of the better and more modern tracks; I particularly like the stretch from the Ford corner to the 180° long right corner in the valley.
“The Warsteiner corner is tricky, as is the sharp left before that. The best place to overtake is before the NGK chicane - which is a challenging left-right bend. It's possible to overtake on the brakes there, because you come out of the previous corner and have to brake down to 100kph. Hitting the brakes later means you can take the bend first, it sounds easy but it's not because you have to keep away from the kerbs or the car lifts off and you get overtaken again. The Eifel hills are special because the weather can change there as quick as lightning."