Michael Schumacher has set his sights on trying to 'reward' his home fans at the German Grand Prix next weekend.

Schumacher followed up his Valencia podium - his first top-three result since opting to come out of retirement - with a seventh place at Silverstone last weekend and he will be gunning for more points at Hockenheim.

Speaking in the countdown to the tenth round in the F1 2012 World Championship, the seven-time F1 world champion added that the local support definitely gives him a lift.

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"People often ask me whether there is any such thing as a home advantage in such an international sport as ours and my answer is: perhaps not a home advantage, but certainly a home-race feeling," Schumacher explained.

"As a German driver, you naturally have a different sense of excitement when you arrive at the German Grand Prix and know that all the spectators in the grandstands are supporting you. That makes you proud, and always boosts your motivation even higher.

"This year is the first time that our Mercedes works team has been capable of racing right at the front, and because of that, we're hoping for lots of support from the fans and to reward them with our performance.

"Hopefully we will see a lot of Mercedes colleagues in the grandstands, and we want to do particularly well for them.

"We have set ourselves the clear target of giving everybody a reason to celebrate next weekend."