Sebastian Vettel is relishing F1’s return to Hockenheim next weekend in what could prove to be the final German Grand Prix to be held at the circuit.
Reports in the paddock suggest that a deal has been signed to keep the race at the Nurburgring for the next five years, shutting Hockenheim out. However, Vettel is looking forward to visiting the circuit after two years away.
“I always enjoy the atmosphere at the Hockenheimring,” he said in Red Bull’s GP preview. “When you arrive at track in the morning the circuit’s already filled with fans and when you’re in the car you can see lots of German flags in the grandstands.
“The signing session is always very busy too. It’s those little things I really enjoy about Hockenheim.
“We get a lot of encouragement. During practice you know that the fans in the grandstands are there to support you and stand by you, no matter what.”
Vettel won last year’s race at the Nurburgring, marking his first in F1 on home soil. He faces a near impossible task to stop the Mercedes duo from dominating once again at Hockenheim, but is still keen on doing his best for his loyal fans.
“Of course, you want to give as much as possible back to the fans, but sometimes it’s not in your hands,” he said. “However we will attack at the weekend and give everything.”
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