German drivers eying rare success in home GP

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 17, 2014 at 11:52 am •  Published: July 17, 2014
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HOCKENHEIM, Germany (AP) — None of the Germans competing in Formula One this season have won the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim, giving Nico Rosberg another incentive on Sunday.

Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel's win on the Nurburgring circuit last year was his first German GP victory, highlighting the difficulty German drivers seem to have in triumphing at home.

Vettel is one of just three German drivers to have claimed victories on home soil in 60 German GPs. Michael Schumacher's four wins are more than any other driver, while his younger brother Ralf had one triumph in 2001.

Neither Nico Hulkenberg (Force India) nor Adrian Sutil (Sauber) are likely to win on Sunday, but the other competing Germans, Rosberg and, to a lesser extent, Vettel, have hopes of the victory.

"Last year was special. I tried many times before so it was definitely a good feeling to succeed," Vettel said on Thursday. "This year should be a very good weekend. Mostly good weather forecast and obviously the whole of Germany still has the German flags from the World Cup around. It would be nice to see a lot of those on the track."

Vettel's championship defense has not gone to plan, however. He's failed to finish one third of his races, and claimed only two podium places from nine GPs.

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