Vettel: We have got to make up for last year

Mark Scott


Sebastian Vettel is hoping to make amends this weekend for his spectacular crash when leading the German Grand Prix in 2018.

On lap 52 of 67, Vettel locked the rear brakes when the rain began to pour at the Hockenheimring and crashed into the barrier at Turn 14, throwing away victory to Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes.

That accident will be at the forefront of his mind as he returns to scene, but he is eager to put things right this year.

“We have got to make up for last year, especially myself and I look forward to racing in Hockenheim,” Vettel said in Ferrari’s official race preview.

“The atmosphere is always phenomenal and the crowd is great. I remember a lot of German flags around the track from last year, which I really enjoyed.

“In terms of the track, it looks quite simple and straightforward at first sight. Especially the last part is very enjoyable but it is also very technical entering the Motodrom. There are a lot of fans there and I think that’s definitely the highlight of the track.

“I would say that Turn 1 is probably one of the most tricky corners. It is very fast and is over before you notice, so it is important to get a good feeling straight away to set you off on the right foot for the rest of the lap.”

Ferrari team boss, Mattia Binotto, said Vettel would be very much in mind given it is his home race, but there will be no specific updates at his disposal.

“For us, the German Grand Prix is first and foremost Sebastian’s home race,” Binotto added.

“Therefore we really hope to do well at Hockenheim, especially after last year’s race here, when the win escaped us at the end of a weekend where our performance was definitely up to the task.

“We are not bringing any specific updates, but studying the data from the last round in Silverstone has provided us with useful information in our quest to get a better understanding of our car.”

Charles Leclerc, meanwhile, is hoping to see some improvements in race pace after Ferrari’s recent struggles.

“Over the past few weekends, we have made some progress in qualifying,” Leclerc said.

“Now we have to focus on the race pace because that’s where we seem to be struggling the most at the moment.

“As for the circuit, it features some nice characteristics with a mixture of different corner types and straights.

“The last race was very exciting and fun to experience from inside the car, so I hope we can have another good one in Germany and be able to fight for the win.”

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