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Webber: I preferred the old Hockenheim

Mark Webber: The old Hockenheim was a really cracking circuit...

Red Bull Racing's Mark Webber has said he is not a big fan of Hockenheim as the new shorter layout is just not very thrilling to drive.

Webber will be looking for his third win of F1 2012 this weekend and following his success at Silverstone and after inking a deal to remain with Red Bull in 2013, he is buzzing with confidence.

However, with this year marking the tenth anniversary of changes to Hockenheim, with the long blasts down the flat-out forested sections abandoned and the circuit length slashed from 6.8 km to 4.5 km, the Aussie was in a nostalgic mood.

“The race is at Hockenheim this year and, to be honest, I much prefer the Nurburgring [which currently alternates every year as the home of the German Grand Prix],” Webber told his official website.

“The old Hockenheim was a really cracking circuit; it was a flat-out blast through the forest and every time I brake for Turn 2 on the new track I wish we continued in a straight line, on the route of the old circuit.

“There are a couple of overtaking places on the current track, particularly into the hairpin at the end of the back straight. But it's not that thrilling to drive and it's not even that technical.”

“The Germans love F1 though, so there's a big following for the German drivers at this race. There are plenty of them – five – so there should be a good atmosphere come race day,” he added.

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08.07.2012- Race, Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB8 leads Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012
08.07.2012- Race, 1st position Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB8
08.07.2012- Race, 1st position Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB8
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07.07.2012- Qualifying, Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB8
06.07.2012- Free Practice 1, Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB8

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