Sebastian Vettel says he has "got to make up for last year" at the German Grand Prix this weekend as he returns to the site of one of the biggest errors of his Formula 1 career.

Vettel was on course to take his first victory at Hockenheim last year after dominating the race, only to crash out while leading with 16 laps to go when a rain shower hit the circuit.

The mistake paved the way for Lewis Hamilton to take victory after starting 14th on the grid, giving the Mercedes driver a championship lead he did not relinquish as he clinched a fifth world title with three races to spare.

While Vettel returns to Hockenheim this weekend 100 points behind Hamilton in the drivers' championship and with bleak title aspirations, the German driver still has unfinished business at his home event.

“We have got to make up for last year, especially myself, and I look forward to racing in Hockenheim," Vettel said in Ferrari's race preview.

"The atmosphere is always phenomenal and the crowd is great. I remember a lot of German flags around the track from last year, which I really enjoyed.

"In terms of the track, it looks quite simple and straightforward at first sight. Especially the last part is very enjoyable but it is also very technical entering the Motodrom. There are a lot of fans there and I think that’s definitely the highlight of the track.

"I would say that Turn 1 is probably one of the most tricky corners. It is very fast and is over before you notice, so it is important to get a good feeling straight away to set you off on the right foot for the rest of the lap."

Ferrari F1 chief Mattia Binotto echoed Vettel's thoughts, as well as confirming there would be no specific upgrade package being brought to Hockenheim as the team looks to pick up its first win of the season.

"For us, the German Grand Prix is first and foremost Sebastian’s home race. Therefore we really hope to do well at Hockenheim, especially after last year’s race here, when the win escaped us at the end of a weekend where our performance was definitely up to the task," Binotto said.

"We are not bringing any specific updates, but studying the data from the last round in Silverstone has provided us with useful information in our quest to get a better understanding of our car."

 

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