Sebastian Vettel unfazed about not yet winning home German GP or any race in July
German says main focus this weekend to avoid more gearbox woe
By James Galloway. Last Updated: 05/07/13 10:24am
Sebastian Vettel insists the fact he has yet to win the German GP isn't something that is playing on his mind ahead of his sixth attempt to win his home race this weekend.
Curiously, the triple World Champion's home event is one of only three on the current calendar he has yet to claim a victory at, with the German also never having won at any point of the month of July either.
But asked about both statistics in Thursday's pre-event Press Conference, Vettel, who turned 26 on Wednesday, suggested he would have plenty more opportunities to left to put things right.
"I think it is much more important what we have achieved the last four years, in the last three years in particular," said the sport's youngest-ever title winner.
"I think we had good races in the past here, also in Hockenheim. So Germany in general. It was always close, but not good enough to win yet.
"But hopefully I have a little bit of time left to try again! We'll definitely try this weekend."
Although attempting to play down the significance of what a first home win would do for his title defence, Vettel did admit that it was a "privilege" to have an annual chance to compete in front of his own fans.
"In terms of the championship points you can score here, it's just the same as every other place," he added.
"Obviously it's something special to race in front of the home crowd and I feel quite happy to have the possibility to be honest. There are other guys in Formula 1 who don't have the possibility to race in their home country.
"But it's a privilege, it's not really extra pressure. It's nice to see the support we get and the fascination for Formula 1. Motorsport has a big standing in Germany, so it's good to come here, good to come to the Nurburgring. I like the track so we will see what [result] we get."
Looking ahead to this particular weekend's challenge, Vettel insisted Red Bull's sole focus in the days since the British GP had been to ensure the gearbox problem that denied him a fourth victory of the season ten laps from home at Silverstone wouldn't reoccur.
"As you saw the last race, we retired," he said. "That was the number one concern [this week], to fix that problem for this race and make sure we don't retire for the same reason again."