Two of Germany's four-strong Formula 1 contingent in 2007 are eagerly anticipating their home race at the N?rburgring this weekend, with fond memories of a track that has smiled upon both in the past.

Ralf Schumacher triumphed in the European Grand Prix for Williams four years ago, and is now extra-keen to get a result on Sunday after his best qualifying showing of the season at Silverstone last time out ultimately came to nought with a desperately frustrating race.

"The N?rburgring is not only the home track for the team but also for me because I was born and grew up quite close by," the 32-year-old explained. "I have always really enjoyed racing there because I get a lot of support from my home fans.

"I have good memories of winning my first Formula Junior race there, and of course winning the European Grand Prix in 2003 which was a very special moment. I hope to have another good result to celebrate this weekend.

"I am confident we are making progress, even though the result at Silverstone was disappointing. On the positive side, you could see from my sixth place in qualifying and my lap times during the race that our car has improved and we are able to compete higher up the grid. The team is pushing hard to continue this improvement, and it would be great to see the results of that work with a points finish at one of our home tracks this weekend."

Nico Rosberg, racing for Schumacher's former team Williams, impressed on his maiden F1 outing at the Eifel Mountains circuit last year by charging through the pack from plum last on the grid to seventh at the chequered flag. The 22-year-old is hopeful of a similar points-scoring result second time around, though without having to come from so far down the field in order to achieve it.

"The European Grand Prix is going to be good," Rosberg enthused. "The German fans are really supportive and I'll have a lot of friends with me over the weekend. The track is cool and the car normally goes well there.

"I'm really looking forward to turning things around at this race and getting a good result, because we need to start scoring more points. We tested at Spa last week, which was a great experience in itself because I had never driven the track before in an F1 car. There was a lot of rain, but we just slowly worked our way through our planned set-up work and made some good progress."

 

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