Sebastian Vettel insists his failure to win his home grand prix so far does not bother him as he has achieved so much else in Formula 1.
Although the Red Bull driver has claimed the last three world championships and now won 29 F1 races, a German GP victory continues to elude him. Bizarrely, he has also never won a grand prix in the month of July.
Quizzed about those statistical gaps as he prepared for his home race at the Nurburgring on Thursday, Vettel denied the lack of a German win was frustrating, especially with a long career still ahead of him.
“I think what is much more important what we have achieved in the last three years,” said 26-year-old Vettel. “We had good races [at the Nurburgring] in the past and also in Hockenheim. It was always close but not good enough to win yet. We have a little bit of time left to try again and we’re trying again.”
Vettel insisted that racing in front of his home crowd was more of a privilege than a pressure.
“Surely it is special,” he said. “In terms of championship points it is the same as every other place, but it is something special to race in front of your home crowd.
“I feel happy to have that possibility. There are other nationalities that don’t have a chance to race in front of home crowds. I think it is a privilege rather than extra pressure. It is nice to see the support we get and the fascination we have for F1. Motorsport has a big standing in Germany.”