Sebastian Vettel and Nico Hulkenberg will race in their home Grand Prix on Sunday, maybe for the last time. Rumours suggest that the Hockenheim GP (which is back on the calendar after one year hiatus) will unlikely be part of the calendar next year. The track has a powerful meaning to both German drivers, as Nico Hulkenberg disputed his first race in Formula BMW, while Sebastian Vettel was born near the track.
“It would be so sad to lose the German GP, I think there are commercial reasons behind it. Germany has big history in motorsport.” Said the Renault driver, while Vettel added: “I fear this will be the last race in Germany for a long time; I was born half an hour from here. This GP has big history, our country is so into motorsport, Germany can’t pay the right amount of money to host a GP. Everyone here at the circuit works so hard to bring people here at the track, they’re not helped from the country on the economic side.”
“With the new cars the circuit will be fun to drive. We have fast corners, the stadium sectors and we should be competitive, this will make the race fun.” Continued Vettel, who comes in Germany after a great weekend in Silverstone.
The Ferrari driver is currently leading the drivers standing and his team is continuing to grow every weekend. “Compared to last year the team is continuing to grow. It’s a good combination of people, sometimes new ideas work, sometimes not. With last year’s regulation change we recovered a lot, the car has big potential.” It is not a mystery that the Italian team works very well and there’s a good relationship between the drivers too. Journalists teased Vettel about his future team mate, but the German was always polite, saying that “I like Kimi, we get along well, we never had an issue. We are similar and it’s great to work with him, but the decision it’s not on me.”
“I don’t know. I don’t know Charles enough. I like Kimi and I would like to keep him in the team, but I’m not the one who decides. Charles is going to have a great career anyway, there’s still time, there’s no need to rush. I know where I’ll stay next year, and they would both be great for the team.”
Nico Hulkenberg hopes as well to deliver a great show for the fans in Germany, even if his team had had some troubles in the previous GPs.
“Silverstone wasn’t ideal for our car; we couldn’t push as much as we could. Sometimes it’s better to be out of the Q3 to have a better strategy. The fight in the midfield is very close, sometimes tracks fits one team better than the other, we try to do our best.”
“We had some troubles with tyres, especially on some tracks. We’re trying to work on this issue. Let’s see if we’ll improve here.”
Brendon Hartley has suffered several incidents during this season and the Kiwi is determined to blow the bad luck away and is looking forward to a free- troubles weekend.
“The replay of the accident was spectacular, I was responsible for the most three spectacular incidents of the season.”
Despite the technical issue with the suspension in Silverstone, Toro Rosso and Honda working together and improving every weekend.
“The start from Barcelona’s tests was positive; lot of people doubted about this relationship, but we had upgrades, we still make steps forward every weekend. The pressure is always there, I don’t know for next year but every improvement matter. We’re going into the right direction.”
Next year Red Bull will join his sister team in this partnership with the Japanese manufacturer. It is unknown if the two teams will share some information next year, but it is something that doesn’t happen now: “Toro Rosso and red bull are two completely different team. Me, Daniel and max are friends, like with other drivers, very little info are shared and it’s not my job to talk about this.”
Brendon and his team will fight for some important points in the midfield on Sunday; Sergio Perez and his Force India will join the party too.
The Pink Panthers didn’t have a great start this season, but improvements have been made since now.
“We had ups and downs in the first part of the season, we expected more but we’re getting closer to the midfield fight. It’s still a long way, we had a slow start but we’re making progress.”