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Vettel eyes first home GP win

2012-07-19 10:06

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel has yet to win a race in his homeland so is hoping to break that jinx at the upcoming German Grand Prix in Hockenheim.

Although he's the youngest driver to win a Formula 1 race, the youngest to win a title and the youngest double World champion, the Red Bull ace has yet to win a race in his homeland... or in July for that matter.

Vettel will be racing in his fifth German Grand Prix having finished eighth, second, third and fourth in his previous home GP outings.

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Vettel said: "It is different. On the other hand, you don't get more points there so I will enjoy the weekend and do my best," he said.

"It's always a special crowd to race in front of. I've driven on that circuit in different series and it's always been great. The camp sites near the new circuit are fun and it's special to meet the fans there," he said.

A win would be a boost for Vettel who is third overall, 16 points behind second-placed team mate Mark Webber, after nine of 20 races in 2012.

Hockenheim is famous for its camp sites which accommodate thousands of fans, who spend the evenings drinking and enjoying barbecues, though numbers have diminished in recent years.

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Nico Rosberg and a resurgent Michael Schumacher are looking to give Mercedes their first home win since Juan Manuel Fangio won at the Nurburgring in 1954.

After retiring five times in his first seven races of the season, seven-times world champion Schumacher has managed to finish third at Silverstone.

Schumacher said: "This year is the first time that our Mercedes works team has been capable of racing right at the front and because of that we're hoping for lots of support from the fans and to reward them with our performance.

"We have set ourselves the clear target of giving everybody a reason to celebrate next weekend."

Rosberg, sixth in the standings, is racing at home as a winner for the first time after his victory in China. He said: "Hockenheim is always very special for us, especially for me. I've really good memories of the previous Hockenheim races. Before my Formula 1 career, I won quite often at this circuit, and I will never forget my father's last DTM race in 1995.

"I joined him on the roof of his car driving through the Motodrom and that was the moment when I decided to become a racing driver like him. I will be pushing really hard to perform well in front of our fans in the Mercedes stand - our car should suit this track much better than at Silverstone.

"Hockenheim has long straights and short corners, which will be good for the Silver Arrow."

Lewis Hamilton, celebrating his 100th F1 race, has dropped 37 points behind leader Fernando Alonso with his team mate Jenson Button 79 points behind Alonso.

Button said: "We don't have the pace of the top three teams. At the moment we are racing Williams, Sauber and Force India."

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Reuters