After their struggles at Silverstone, Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson know they need maximum mileage over the weekend.
Kamui Kobayashi: “The last two races before the summer break are Germany and Hungary, both tracks I like but in particular Hockenheim – I have been testing and racing at this track so many times throughout my carrier since I came to Europe. So, in a way, this is one of my home tracks!
“The German Grand Prix, whether it’s at Hockenheim or Nurburgring always has fantastic support from the fans – it’s like Silverstone and the atmosphere, especially on Sunday at Hockenheim, is amazing!
“For us this will be another race where we aim to fight back against our nearest rivals. We did not see the full performance of the cars in Silverstone for various reasons, particularly for me as I had issues with the car on both Friday and Saturday. Then on Sunday I lost a chunk of downforce when I had to go off-track to avoid the shunt on lap one – that cost me so much laptime. So, I did not have a proper drive throughout the whole weekend! But I’m determined to make sure that all the problems are now gone and I’m ready to fight back in Germany and Hungary.”
Marcus Ericsson: “Germany is one of the races I’ve been really looking forward to. I know the track well as I’ve raced there in GP2 and I think it’ll be a great challenge in a 2014 F1 car – there’s a good mix of really quick bits and some slower corners where you can overtake, and the noise the German fans make all weekend is amazing! Actually, it’s one of the races that a lot of Swedish fans make it to, so seeing my country’s flags in the crowd – that’ll make it even more special.
“Inside the car I think we know it’s going to be another challenging weekend for us in terms of the pure pace, but the team learnt a lot from the two day test we did in Silverstone after the British GP and we’ll be looking to put that into practice on track. The key thing for me is to make sure we have maximum mileage all weekend, especially on Sunday when we need to be there at the end of the race. We’ve seen this year that the races are very unpredictable and for us that can create opportunities, but if we’re not on track when the chequered flag falls we can’t take advantage of whatever’s happening around us, so that’s the main goal.”