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Nurburgring (Germany) The 2001 European Grand Prix at the Nürburgring marks the halfway point of the 2001 World Championship season. For race nine, teams travel across Europe to the Eifel Mountains in Germany. After a brief hop over to ...

Nurburgring (Germany)

The 2001 European Grand Prix at the Nürburgring marks the halfway point of the 2001 World Championship season. For race nine, teams travel across Europe to the Eifel Mountains in Germany. After a brief hop over to Canada, sthe teams now have a run of seven races in Europe.

Hidden in the mountains and shadowed by its predecessor, the Nordschleife, the Nürburgring is a modern circuit with a good combination of long straights mixed with tight corners. The track is such that cars require a lot of downforce and a good suspension set up as it is necessary to ride the kerbs to get the best possible lap time. The smooth track is good for tyre wear and softer compounds are used, but a flexible pit stop strategy could be crucial in the race as the mountains can make the weather very unpredictable. Rain can often arrive over the Nürburgring with very little warning, as last year's race demonstrated.

The European Grand Prix was a good race for the OrangeArrows team in 2000. Starting the race from 12th and 14th on the grid, the team was in a good position to score points. Making the most of a heavy downpour in the race, the conditions played into the team's hand and the first point of the season was duly secured.

Jos Verstappen returns to the Nurburgring and is ready for an unpredictable race...

"The Nürburgring is a hard circuit. There isn't a great deal of grip and you get a lot of understeer through the sweeping corners. I really don't know what to expect from the race this year. Our pace was good there before but it did rain. The weather usually has a part to play but it is very hard to predict."

The Nurburgring is not an unknown ground to Enrique Bernoldi. He has raced there many times before and enjoys the circuit...

"This is a nice track which has a bit of everything including a good mixture of corners. I hope I can have a good race there as last year I was leading the F3000 race but had a problem with my suspension that forced me out."

Mike Coughlan , Technical Director, comments on the track...

"It's a high downforce track which doesn't really suit the car but having said that we were competitive here last year by making the most of the weather so a little more rain wouldn't go amiss. Jos is still on a high from his extremely good performance in Canada so we expect him to be on a charge this weekend. Enrique has driven at the Nürburgring before so knows the track and won't have the same disadvantages he had in Canada."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jos Verstappen , Enrique Bernoldi