Team Germany has one clear aim as it heads into the fifth round of the World Cup of Motorsport in Sentul this weekend - entering the winter break convincingly in command of the championship.

The Indonesian meeting is the last for A1GP before it breaks off for a six-week gap, and in the initial part of the season the German squad has more than ably showcased its title credentials, opening up a six-point lead over Team GB in the nations' standings. With two wins under his belt already, Nico H?lkenberg is marking himself out as a real star of the future, and the 19-year-old is bidding to add to that victory tally in the third of the series' Far Eastern stops.

"Sentul will be the third new circuit in succession for me," he admitted. "The most important thing is that we keep our feet firmly on the ground and stay focused. It shouldn't be difficult since there is an excellent atmosphere within the David Sears Motorsport team, so we have the best possible conditions to continue our successful start."

New tracks seem to pose little disadvantage to quick-learner Hulkenberg though, who thoroughly dominated proceedings in Sepang despite it being his debut outing at the home of the Malaysian Grand Prix. Team manager Willi Weber is evidently impressed with his young charge, who he has even gone so far as to compare to Michael Schumacher in his early days.

"Nico is the best," he enthused. "He has won twice in tricky, changing conditions on a wet track, demonstrating his class in the progress."

Reflecting on the previous round, Weber added he was upset with Team GB's protest against H?llkenberg's victory, due to a push-start after he had stalled during his mandatory feature race pit-stop.

"It's disappointing that this performance is thrown, partially at least, into doubt," he went on. "The stewards of the meeting in Malaysia decided that the rules were not in breach when the mechanics pushed the car after the engine had stalled. Team GB nevertheless has a problem with this.

"When the British didn't make any further progress through legal means, they continued with attacks publicly in interviews and statements against us. I'm convinced this is the wrong way to compensate for the enormous 42 second gap to us in the rain - hard work is certainly a more credible way. We view this episode sportingly, and will continue to answer any questions posed on the track and also want to win in Indonesia."

 

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