BMW Sauber's Nick Heidfeld is almost certain to be Germany's best hope of a good result at the Nurburgring next Sunday, as his native country prepares for its first race in the post-Michael Schumacher era.

In recent years the German fans have almost been guaranteed a win from Schumacher Sr, now their hopes, at least in terms of drivers', will lie with Heidfeld, Williams' Nico Rosberg, Toyota's Ralf Schumacher and Spyker's Adrian Sutil.

As such Heidfeld is likely to be 'their man' and with 33 points already on the board, including a runners-up spot in Canada last month, he has every reason to think he can deliver.

Indeed Nick reckons that if he can qualify a little higher up at the European Grand Prix, compared to where he started in Britain, then that should definitely aid his cause in terms of getting 'big points'.

"I am very much looking forward to the race on the N?rburgring. That's where the greatest number of my fans have always turned up, and thanks to this year's good results there will probably be a few more," he noted.

"I think we're pretty well prepared for the Ring. Our performance potential is a great motivator. Naturally it's a lot more fun when you know you're essentially in contention for points and good placings. If qualifying turns out better for me than at the last race in Silverstone [when I started from ninth], I should also be back in the running for the race."

Heidfeld of course visited the 'ring back in May, when he did three laps of the legendary 20.8 kilometre Nordschleife circuit in his BMW Sauber F1.06. He is still buzzing from that experience and particularly the support of all his fans.

"When I drove the Formula One car round the Nordschleife at the end of April, the atmosphere there was fantastic. It's a good feeling having that kind of support, and one or other family members will also be coming along to the Ring too," he added.



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