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German GP: Thursday Press Conference

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17/07/2008

A question to you all. What are your feelings about your home grand prix and given you tested here last week?
Adrian Sutil: It was quite nice testing. I really like the circuit here. Hopefully we are a bit more competitive here. The testing went well and we found our set-up but again testing is testing and the race is the race, so we will see how we are going to go. I have to stay realistic and I think it is going to be hard to be in the second qualifying. That should be our goal again but it will be difficult.

And it's your first German Grand Prix.
AS: It's my first German Grand Prix. I am happy to be here really, Hockenheim is one of my favourite circuits. I have had many races here and nearly all with very good memories. The lay-out is very, very nice and the special atmosphere in the Motodrom as always is a special thing here.

Sebastian, testing and your home grand prix. How do you feel?
Sebastian Vettel: I think for the team and me it is a real home grand prix. We came here in just half-an-hour by car. I am looking forward to it, definitely. It is going to be our first home grand prix and I have lot of friends and family here, so it will be very pleasing to race this weekend. Many people often speak about extra pressure on my shoulders or on our shoulders and so on, but I think if anything, it gives us extra motivation. It is very special. I have driven here for a long time. I know the circuit very well, no matter which weather conditions, so I should be prepared. Now we are just waiting for tomorrow and to get started.

Timo Glock: I think Sebastian said everything about the home grand prix. It is special to be back home. For me it is only about 45 minutes away. It is not extra pressure, just a really good feeling to race in front of a couple of friends and in front of the family. It is just good fun and testing went not too bad. We did our normal programme at the test and that was good. So far it is quite similar to Canada. Every time I am here I have had a couple of good results, so hopefully we will have the same on Sunday again.

Nick Heidfeld: It is great coming back to Germany seeing all the spectators and all the fans here. I think we will see a big crowd. I am looking forward to the race very much although the conditions are a bit unknown at the moment, but that's exactly what we had in testing last week. It was not dry all the time, so it was a bit difficult to get all the new parts on the car as we wanted to, but we did manage to get them on and have a couple of new modifications which did work and should hopefully put us in a good position here.

Nico Rosberg: I am really happy to be driving here too. I was born 40 minutes away from here and my grandma and uncles and friends still live there in Wiesbaden, so I come here quite a few times and it is nice to be racing here. I started my racing career in Germany and have raced here many, many times and won many races here too, so it is a track that I really enjoy and in terms of the car I think it is a track that should be better for us, so I think we can really look forward to a good result here.

And testing went well?
NR: Testing went pretty well. I was second and third on the two days. I am sure we ran less fuel than the top runners but compared to other people we definitely did better here, so I am looking forward to a good weekend.

Adrian, there seems to have been a lot of development on the car over the last two or three tests. How are you feeling about it and particularly also how are you feeling about the fact that Dr Mallya has now said that is the end of the development?
AS: I am always happy to get new parts on the car. We definitely need it and at the moment we need to find some seconds actually. It is not that easy, but we are doing small steps. There is another update for this race now. It is getting better but at the moment I think a little bit too slow, so we have to figure out where is the main thing we have to make progress. But everybody tries really hard and also Mr Mallya is really into it and is trying to get us up in the result sheets but it needs some time. We just have to concentrate on the work, always stay motivated and then for sure the success will come soon.

Sebastian, how are you feeling about your move to Red Bull and how are you feeling about the rest of the season and the way STR has come on?
SV: First of all, as you can imagine, I am very happy and I am very pleased that at this time of year I already know what I will be doing next year. So far I have always done things step-by-step and obviously now the most important thing is to focus on the remainder of this season. Obviously we have only introduced our new car a couple of races ago and we seem to have gone stronger and stronger, so it was a good step forward and a good step in the right direction. Also last week we had a good test, so I am looking forward to the next couple of races. It is hard to give you a number but I have a good feeling and if things go right we should be able to score points for the rest of the season. That's the target.

Timo, an interesting article has come out about you saying you want the title in 2010. Can you explain your thinking about this?
TG: I mean at the end you have to set some targets. If I say I don't know when I want to win the championship, that is not the target, that doesn't keep you under pressure. For sure 2010 will be hard and will be difficult but next year the rules are changing and the cars change completely. It will be difficult to see where the teams will be next year but you have to set your target and that is my target. If I don't reach it, then I will set a new one and keep working as hard as possible. I saw a lot of people who laughed about it, but I don't care about that as in the end you have to set some target. I set them to keep myself under pressure.

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