1997 world champion Jacques Villeneuve, now at Sauber, has won at the German circuit, but he blasted the first sector as 'really annoying.'
"It's slow and just isn't fun," said the French Canadian, "and, for me, spoils it."
Although close to Toyota's Cologne HQ, team driver Jarno Trulli calls the Nurburgring no more than 'a normal' track.
"I really don't have a favourite corner," the Italian - who finished second there in 1999 - answered. "It's not particularly technical."
Countryman Giancarlo Fisichella also panned the mountainous layout as 'not the most exciting' on the calendar.