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Webber: Nurburgring is a special place

Mark Webber heads back to the scene of his maiden F1 victory for the German Grand Prix
Mark Webber says he is looking forward to returning to the scene of his maiden F1 victory this weekend when the German Grand Prix takes place at the Nurburgring.

Webber opened his F1 victory account the last time the circuit played host to a race back in 2009, when he bounced back from a drive-through penalty for contact with Rubens Barrichello at the start to lead team-mate Sebastian Vettel to a 1-2 finish for Red Bull.

The Australian makes the trip to Germany sitting second in the championship standings and he said he was keen to return to action at a circuit that will always be special.

"I love racing at the Nurburgring and of course it's where I won my first race in 2009 so it already has a special place in my heart - I'm looking forward to getting back there,” he said. “Actually, I was only there a couple of weeks ago when I spent a few fun hours driving around the Nordschleife which has to be the world's most amazing race track; I'm also driving on it again this week for Renault, and taking some people around on passenger laps. The weather is often unpredictable in the Eifel mountains and if that's the case this weekend, it means you have to think on your feet and make some snappy decisions to benefit from changing and tricky track conditions.

“Of course the German and next week's Hungarian Grand Prix are the closest Red Bull has to a home Grand Prix so the support is going to be pretty amazing for the team and for Sebastian in particular on his home soil, as well as all the other German drivers on the grid. The fans take F1 very seriously and are incredibly passionate about it – I hear those track campsites are pretty wild places to be over a Grand Prix weekend! We can always hear the music pumping out even from our team hotel!"



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Rob01 - Unregistered

July 19, 2011 3:06 PM

With the Rhineland-Palatinate state now run by a SPD/Green coalition, minister Eveline Lemke on Monday said that despite the contract running through 2016, this weekend’s race will be the last one supported financially by the government. “The conditions at the moment generate high and no longer acceptable losses,” DPA news agency quotes circuit operator Jorg Lindner as saying. Hasn't he heard that an F1 race will bring untold wealth to a host country. Another track not willing to take the huge losses to host a race. SAD.

Rob01 - Unregistered

July 20, 2011 1:00 AM

Sunny, Tony G of IMS never realized any of the benefit of an F1race to the tune of his job, millions of dollars and a swift kick to the curb by the board of directors. All the talk/gas of the major influx of monies to the host country are just bull crap to the track owner/promoter. Smoke and mirrors to make you over pay for a car race.



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