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Sebastian Vettel targets first home win

London, Jul 20 (Agencies)
Published on 21 Jul. 2011 1:39 AM IST
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After a year’s excursion, Formula One returns to the Nurburgring circuit in western Germany.
While nothing like the original course, the race inevitably evokes memories of legends such as Juan Manuel Fangio, Jim Clark and Graham Hill lapping a circuit that spanned over 22 kilometers in length.
In its final year of F1 use, 1976, laps took longer than seven minutes to complete, and Niki Lauda’s horrendous accident there effectively caused the creation of the current track.
The Nordschleife section is still in use today, hosting the famed 24 Hours of Nurburgring each year.
The course used today opened in the mid-1980s and has hosted 16 F1 events heading into Sunday’s race.
Last time F1 was here, Red Bull finished 1-2, with Mark Webber earning his first series win.
In doing so, he became the first driver since Jacques Villeneuve to earn his first career F1 victory at Nurburgring.
Sebastian Vettel has 16 victories to his name, but none have come on his home soil. He recently described racing at home to reporters, saying “One of the objectives a Formula One driver sets for himself is to win his ‘home race.’
Of course, you always give 100%, but at a home race you’re always more motivated, simply because you feel at home.”
Only four active drivers have won an event in their home nation, and just two have done it more than once.
Michael Schumacher has accomplished it nine times, winning at Nurburgring on five occasions.
Felipe Massa is the only other to win more than once; he has two wins in his home nation of Brazil.
A quarter of Sunday’s field will be German, meaning many drivers will be looking for a strong finish in front of their home fans.

McLaren: We won’t break up trio
McLaren have no intention of breaking up their trio of figureheads in Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and team principal Martin Whitmarsh.The futures of world champion duo Hamilton and Button have been the source of considerable speculation of late due to their contract situations.
Hamilton has another year remaining beyond this season, although there are suggestions of a get-out clause at the end of this year. As for Button, there is an option for next season, although due to the non-disclosure nature of the deal it is uncertain as to whether the 31-year-old or the team holds sway. As for Whitmarsh, following a difficult British GP, there have been suggestions his job is on the line, in particular due to the demands of his dual role as he also serves as chairman of the Formula One Teams’ Association (FOTA). However, in defence of Whitmarsh, managing director Jonathan Neale said: “Martin has done a fantastic job for McLaren and FOTA. “Up until last weekend we were the only ones putting up a credible fight against Red Bull.” Speaking in a Vodafone teleconference, Neale added: “I think a lot of people behind us on the grid, whilst they might be looking at the heat we get in the press, wouldn’t mind a bit of the action we get.

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