Sebastian Vettel admits the home support he is set to enjoy at the Nurburgring will give him an extra boost as he seeks his first F1 win on the circuit.
Vettel has never won on home soil in Formula 1, having been led home by Mark Webber in F1's previous visit to the Nurburgring in 2009 and been denied by a Ferrari 1-2 at Hockenheim last year. The reigning World Champion denied there was any extra pressure to take his first win this weekend, and instead believes a partisan home crowd will be a benefit to his weekend hopes.
"Many times people talk about pressure and things that can slow you down, but it is more positive than anything else," Vettel said. "People everywhere support you and try to push you forward to maybe find this extra tenth or two.
"It's great to have this opportunity to race in front of my home country, and we have six drivers now – I am looking forward to it."
Vettel also played down the team orders issue which reared its head in the final laps at Silverstone, saying that drivers had to race both for themselves and the team – a tricky distinction.
Asked if he would do the same as Webber, Vettel said: "It depends always the situation in the race. Last race there was nothing for us to gain as a team – Mark said he wanted to race, wanted to improve the position, but I didn't want to let him by and tried to defend.
"On one hand you want to race for yourself and on the other hand you try your best as a team. That stage is quite far away, though – I would rather start tomorrow with FP1."
Although there have been three winners in the past three races, Vettel insisted he and the Red Bull team are approaching the weekend full of confidence.
"I think we have seen the true performance throughout the season already, I think we have a good chance," he reflected. "At this stage, everything looks fine and we are as confident as we can be. Last [race] weekend, unfortunately, we were talking more about rules and rule changes rather than the race, but it should be clear right from the start, we focus on racing again – I am looking forward to it."