Nico Hulkenberg says he is eager to race at the Nurburgring for the first time in Formula 1.
Hulkenberg made his Formula 1 debut in 2010 but during that season the German Grand Prix was held at Hockenheim.
The last time the sport visited the Nurburgring was in 2011, when Hulkenberg was Force India’s reserve driver.
Hulkenberg heads to the race having scored a point in Britain, his sixth of the season and Sauber’s first since the Chinese Grand Prix.
“I know the Nürburgring very well. Since 2005 I have driven numerous races in several categories there, and, as far as I can remember, I won a race in every category there,” he said ahead of this weekend’s German Grand Prix.
“I like the Eifel, and the Nürburgring is another traditional track with a lot of changes in altitude and good combinations, which makes it a lot of fun to drive. Of course, the fans will play a big part and I am looking forward to taking to the track in front of a home crowd. Although this is my third season, I have never raced at the Nürburgring in a Formula One car, so this is a first for me.”
“Overall, however, I know what to expect. I guess, everything will be a bit faster and I might perceive things a little different, but I know the track well and I am looking forward to a nice weekend.”
Team-mate Esteban Gutierrez says he enjoys the challenges of the German circuit.
“It’s a traditional Track with a as the GP circuit is part of the famous Nordschleife and I enjoy it a lot,” he said.
“It’s interesting to drive there with the fast corners, and the weather can be a challenge too. It’s exciting to come to Germany and feel the racing atmosphere. There is not that much to do around the area, so it’s all about pure racing.”