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Vettel plays down home pressure

ESPNF1 Staff
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Sebastian Vettel hopes his home fans will help him to drive even faster © Getty Images

Sebastian Vettel insists there is no extra pressure on him to perform at this weekend's German Grand Prix even though it is his home race.

Vettel, who has yet to win a grand prix on home soil, instead said he hoped the support of the home fans would give him the extra motivation to drive even faster.

"The fact that the next race is my home grand prix doesn't give me any extra pressure," Vettel told AUTOSPORT. "If anything, it's extra motivation so maybe I can squeeze an extra tenth or two out of myself and the car simply because of that support.

"We have a strong car and should be able to put a good show on. If it's your home grand prix and you have so many people cheering for you, it's something you will always remember.

"I hope we can have at least as good an atmosphere as there was at Silverstone. You look forward to your home grand prix, but what you like to see is that the people around the track are enjoying it and being passionate."

Vettel added that he hoped the German fans would be appreciative towards all of the drivers, perhaps referring most of all to his team-mate Mark Webber who inferred that the team favoured Vettel during the British Grand Prix.

"I hope that at Hockenheim all the drivers are welcomed with respect. I know that I will never lose respect for other people. We are all sportsmen and should be treated in such a way."