Nico Rosberg will tackle his home grand prix this weekend - one of five drivers to do so at Hockenheim - having spent part of the gap between rounds demonstrating his Williams-Toyota to a virgin audience.

Formula One entered new territory at the weekend when Rosberg and the Williams took part in a demonstration run around the streets of Moscow. Billed as 'Moscow City Racing', the event was the first of its kind to be staged in Russia and was the country's first major international sporting event since it staged the Olympic Games in 1980. Together with Red Bull Racing, the Williams team was the headline act of a day filled with a diverse mix of high octane motorsport demonstrations all set against Moscow's dramatic city backdrop.

In front of a capacity audience, Rosberg carried out two three-lap tours of a 4.6km track at the wheel of last year's FW29, starting next to Red Square, before running past the Kremlin, around the Kremlyovskaya and Moskvoretskaya embankments of the Moscow River and finishing at Bolshoi Theatre Square with some spectacular 'donuts' and burnouts.

"I'm in the privileged position to be a part of many big events, but this really rates as one of the most amazing," Rosberg admitted, "What a city - driving around the Kremlin and through Red Square was just awesome. To take Formula One out of its natural environment and show what we do to a completely new audience is great and this experience is certainly one I'll never forget."

It will be back to business as usual this weekend, however, as Rosberg, Kazuki Nakajima and the rest of the Williams team attempt to get back on terms with the closely-matched midfield battle in Formula One. Although Germany has lost some of its fervour for F1 since the departure of Michael Schumacher, the five 'local' pilots should still receive a traditional welcome from the Hockenheim crowd in what is usually one of the most atmospheric events of the season.

"I've had a lot of great experiences at Hockenheim, and it's been the scene for quite a few of my past victories, so I'm looking forward to going there," Rosberg noted, "As it's my home race, it will be nice to have the support of the German fans, but they really provide a great atmosphere for everyone as they are so enthusiastic. I really love the track itself, and it should suit our car as well, but I still think it will be difficult to get into the points on Sunday considering how close the field is. As always, we will just do our best."

Rookie team-mate Nakajima succeeded where Rosberg failed at Silverstone by adding a point to the team's tally, and will not be unfamiliar with this weekend's venue when the circus ships up on Friday.

"I've raced at Hockenheim a few times already, but that was when I was in F3, so I need to draw on my experience from those races as this will be my first Formula One race there," he confirmed, "We had a test at Hockenheim last week and that helped me to get more used to the circuit, along with the simulator back at the factory, and which allowed us to maximise our preparation time for the race weekend. We covered a lot of ground with the set-up, so we should be in good shape when we arrive."

 

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