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The renowned Nurburgring is the setting for round six of the FIA Formula One World Championship, the Warsteiner European Grand Prix. This is the second Grand Prix on the 2000 calendar, which has West McLaren Mercedes Partner, Warsteiner as title...

The renowned Nurburgring is the setting for round six of the FIA Formula One World Championship, the Warsteiner European Grand Prix. This is the second Grand Prix on the 2000 calendar, which has West McLaren Mercedes Partner, Warsteiner as title sponsor.

The original Nurburgring, also known as the Nordschliefe, was built over 70 years ago. Its a demanding 14-mile track and was the regular stage for the German Grand Prix until safety concerns saw the event moved permanently to nearby Hockenheim in 1977.

This year's Warsteiner European Grand Prix will be only the eighth time, the now significantly revised 2.8-mile Nurburgring has hosted a Formula One race since 1984, when Alain Prost claimed a victory for McLaren.

The European Grand Prix was introduced for the first time in 1983 at Brands Hatch in Britain and over the years the event has taken place at the Nurburgring in 1984, 1995, 1996 and 1999.

McLaren has claimed victory in the European Grand Prix a total of three times in the nine events so far. The last time was in 1997, when Mika won for the West McLaren Mercedes team at the Jerez circuit in Spain.

Last year saw Mika finishing fifth as David spun while leading, in what was one of the most dramatic and chaotic races in Formula One history due to constantly changing weather conditions.

MIKA HAKKINEN
'I was testing at Jerez on Tuesday and Wednesday last week and, combined with my victory in the last race, I'm confident that I can continue my winning form this weekend. Last year's race was a bit of a lottery and in the end I was happy to leave with a few points - I want to leave with more this time.'

DAVID COULTHARD
'It would be ideal if we could have another one-two victory this weekend. That would really open up both the Drivers' and the Constructors' Championships. The Nurburgring is quite tricky and understeer is normally a problem but I think we have a car which will suit the track.'

RON DENNIS
'The entire West McLaren Mercedes team is looking forward to a challenging weekend where we aim to continue our winning streak.'

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Alain Prost
Teams Mercedes , McLaren