“One of the objectives a Formula One driver sets himself, is to win his ‘home race’.
Of course, you always give 100%, but at a home race you’re always more motivated, simply because you feel at home. This year we’re back at the Nürburgring, which is one of the better and more modern tracks; I particularly like the stretch from the Ford corner to the 180° long right corner in the valley. The Warsteiner corner is tricky, as is the sharp left before that.
The best place to overtake is before the NGK chicane – which is a challenging left-right bend. It’s possible to overtake on the brakes there, because you come out of the previous corner and have to brake down to 100kph. Hitting the brakes later means you can take the bend first, it sounds easy but it’s not because you have to keep away from the kerbs or the car lifts off and you get overtaken again. The Eifel hills are special because the weather can change there as quick as lightning.”
“I love racing at the Nürburgring and of course it’s where I won my first race in 2009 so it already has a special place in my heart – I’m looking forward to getting back there.
Actually, I was only there a couple of weeks ago when I spent a few fun hours driving around the Nordschleife which has to be the world’s most amazing race track; I’m also driving on it again this week for Renault, and taking some people around on passenger laps. The weather is often unpredictable in the Eifel mountains and if that’s the case this weekend, it means you have to think on your feet and make some snappy decisions to benefit from changing and tricky track conditions.
Of course the German and next week’s Hungarian Grand Prix are the closest Red Bull has to a home Grand Prix so the support is going to be pretty amazing for the team and for Sebastian in particular on his home soil, as well as all the other German drivers on the grid. The fans take F1 very seriously and are incredibly passionate about it – I hear those track campsites are pretty wild places to be over a Grand Prix weekend! We can always hear the music pumping out even from our team hotel!”
By: Red Bull