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Schumacher 'extra motivated' for Germany

ESPNF1 Staff
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Michael Schumacher is 'extra motivated' to succeed in front of his home fans © Press Association
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Michael Schumacher says he will be 'extra motivated' when he drives in front of his home fans during the German Grand Prix weekend.

The seven-time world champion has triumphed on his home circuit on four occasions and says driving at Hockenheim is always something very special.

"There is one thing for sure; no matter how long you are around, it is always something special to race in front of your home crowd," said Schumacher. "At Hockenheim, I will definitely try my best for my fans who give me such a lot of support, especially over the race weekend. But the German Grand Prix is very special for any German driver. There are very few areas on any race circuit worldwide comparable to the Motodrom, and as a driver you feel that energetic atmosphere when entering."

Schumacher has endured a torrid return to Formula One so far this season but he says that returning to Hockenheim as a Mercedes driver will give him the extra motivation to succeed and give fans and Mercedes employees a weekend to remember.

"It will be the first time for me to come to Hockenheim as a Mercedes driver and I am very much looking forward to the experience. Driving in front of our Grandstand and in front of all the employees, members and friends of Mercedes-Benz will be an emotional moment. I will therefore be extra motivated to give them a weekend to remember. We will have some updates for our car which we hope will give us a step forward so we can look forward to an exciting race."