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Vettel extra motivated for home race

ESPNF1 Staff
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Sebastian Vettel has extra motivation to win at home © Sutton Images
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Runaway championship leader Sebastian Vettel is hoping to put even more distance between himself and his title rivals by winning his home race at this weekend's German Grand Prix.

After finishing second behind Fernando Alonso at the British Grand Prix, Vettel is even more motivated than usual to get back winning ways.

"One of the objectives a Formula One driver sets himself, is to win his 'home race'," said Vettel. "Of course, you always give 100%, but at a home race you're always more motivated, simply because you feel at home."

After a long spell at Hockenheim, the German Grand Prix venue has moved to the Nurburgring, former venue of the European Grand Prix.

"This year we're back at the Nurburgring, 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."

For Vettel's team-mate, Mark Webber, the Nurburgring is also a special place as it is where the Australian collected his first grand prix victory.

"I love racing at the Nurburgring 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," said Webber. "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."