Force India preview the German GP

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Force India pair Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg are hoping to improve on the Hungarian Grand Prix peformance this weekend in Germany.

Nico Hulkenberg: Competing in your home race is always a highlight of the year. I raced in Hockenheim so many times during my junior career, in Formula 3, Formula BMW and I always enjoy going back there. In fact, it’s an area of the country I really like – I used to live nearby just a few years ago. Racing at home is a special occasion, but it is important to keep the right mental approach and try to treat it like any other race. I try not to overcook it when I am driving, even though there is a bit of extra pressure from the media and the fans, as they all want the local drivers to do well. Expectations are always high. We missed out on having a race last year, so Germans are really excited about having Formula One back.  Even though the focus is firmly on the business at the track, I look forward to the summer break. It’s a busy season, so it’s nice to know you’re soon going to be on a nice holiday, hopefully doing something cool and having a few weeks off to recharge your batteries.”

Sergio Perez: Every time I go to Hockenheim, I think about the beginning of my racing career in Europe. I lived in Germany for two years during my Formula BMW days, when I was just fifteen, and I still have good friends there. It’s not just the memories – it’s great to meet German fans too. They are really knowledgeable about Formula One and they always show good support. Even though I used to live in Germany, the only thing I can say in German is: “Ich bin Checo” and “danke schön. I quite like the Hockenheimring. It’s an interesting circuit that always delivers some surprises and it’s great for racing with a really good overtaking zone into turn six. I never got to see or race on the old Hockenheim, but I think they did a nice job with the new track. The weather is usually very hot for this race and last time we raced there we had a track temperature of 55 degrees so the heat could be a factor, especially for tyre management.”