Vettel wants to win in front of his home crowd

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 07:  Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing signs autographs for fans following qualifying for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit on July 7, 2012 in Northampton, England.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Sebastian Vettel
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 07: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing signs autographs for fans following qualifying for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit on July 7, 2012 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Sebastian Vettel
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SEBASTIAN Vettel is keen to get back to winning ways, starting this weekend at his home Grand Prix.

The double world champion sits third in the driver’s championship standings, 29 points back of Fernando Alonso and 16 behind team-mate Mark Webber.

And having won just once this year, at the Bahrain Grand Prix back in April, Vettel wants to kick start a serious title challenge in front of his home supporters at Hockenheim this weekend.

Vettel said: “I’m looking forward to the German GP, hopefully there will be at least as many people supporting the German drivers as there were in Silverstone!

“Hockenheim is only half an hour away from my home town, so I have a lot of friends and family there and it’s always a special crowd to race in front of.

“I’ve driven on that circuit in different series and it’s always been great. The camp-sites near the new circuit are fun and it’s special to meet the fans there. I haven’t won the German GP before and of course, I would like to!”

Team mate Webber, fresh from his win last time out at Silverstone and signing a new one-year extension to his Red Bull contract, believes the RB8 will be well suited to the Hockenheim circuit.

He said: “There’s a long, long straight around the back into the hairpin, so we have a high top speed there and it’s always important to get the last sector together due to the combination of corners in quick succession.

“The temperatures will be interesting as it can sometimes be a hot race, so I’m looking forward to it.”