The Nurburgring in Germany is steeped in motor racing history, with its roots set deep in the halcyon era of the sport during the 1930s, writes James Beckett.
It was during this time that Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union dominated Grands Prix around the iconic Nurburgring Nordschliefe track, and this weekend the Petronas Mercedes GP arrive at the Ring looking for success on the shorter version of the circuit set deep in the heart of the Eiffel region.
The German Grand Prix kget underway at 1pm on Sunday.
Point-scoring drives from both Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher have boosted the confidence of the Mercedes team as they prepare to compete in their second ‘home’ race in as many events.
Schumacher said: “Silverstone was important for the team as the race takes place close to the team factory in Brackley.
“We now come to the Nurburgring which is very important because it is the home Grand Prix of Mercedes.”
He added that “expectations will be high with the fans of Mercedes and Nico and I hope we can give them all something to cheer on Sunday afternoon.”
>>After the disappointment at Silverstone that saw Paul di Resta tumble out of the points after qualifying sixth, the young Scot is looking for a solid drive for the Silverstone-based Kingfisher Force India team.
Di Resta said: “Silverstone was a great experience but after so many highs it ended for me on a low.
“Things didn’t pan out in the race as I had hoped and I really want to consolidate my season this weekend and finish in the top ten.”
Adrian Sutil, driving the second Force India, will be racing in his home Grand Prix. “It is always good to race with your fellow countrymen watching,” he said this week.
“A home Grand Prix is always a special moment in your career and it would be great to score points at the Nurburgring.”