The Nurburgring grand prix circuit is a bit of a bore, that's the verdict of BMW Sauber's Robert Kubica ahead of the European GP next weekend.

Although Kubica conceded that his views might change after his first Formula 1 grand prix there next Sunday, he added that he never thought much of it when he went there in his pre-F1 days.

Kubica has scored points in five races to date this season - and thanks to two fourth place finishes in France and Britain the momentum is back with the Pole after he had to skip the US GP following his monster crash in Canada. Speaking ahead of the European Grand Prix, the tenth round in the 2007 FIA Formula 1 World Championship, Kubica added that it should be another 'good weekend' for him in terms of getting points.

"Obviously when we go to the N?rburgring this will be the only grand prix in Germany this year. I am sure there will be a big crowd and a lot of people who will be fans of our team. I have to be honest though and say I don't find the track spectacular," he noted in the build-up.

"This will be my first grand prix on this track, but I have driven on the old track, when the first corner was a chicane, and practically every year since 2001 I have been racing on this track. Because of this I know the track pretty well and I also know the shorter version that the touring cars are using with the short cut after turns 6 and 7. I think it will be a good weekend and maybe after that my feelings for the track will change."

As for what is needed to do well at the 'ring, BMW Sauber technical director, Willy Rampf explained that the key to getting the set-up right is to match the aero balance with the right mechanical set-up. He also noted that engine power is vital too.

"The salient features of the Ring include sweeping turns that require medium speeds, leading to the understeer that is so typical of the N?rburgring. The key question is: how do you set the car up to stop it pushing over the front wheels too much? That can be resolved by an optimal aero balance combined with the corresponding mechanical set- up," he explained.

"The downforce level isn't at its peak but it's high. The grip level on the N?rburgring improves markedly over the course of the weekend. As the track surface then affords plenty of grip you can run on softer tyre compounds.

"The end of the start/finish straight offers a passing opportunity with the following right- left combination allowing for several racing lines. If you come out on top in the first turn it doesn't necessarily mean you'll be in front in the second."

"Another feature of this track is the differences in elevation: from turn 7 onwards there's a long uphill acceleration, which means engine power plays an important role," Rampf summed-up.

 

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