Sebastian Vettel is confident that his home crowd will not put any extra pressure on him in this weekend's German Grand Prix.
The 23-year-old has yet to win a grand prix on home soil, but is hopeful that the support of the fans will give him an extra performance boost.
"The fact that the next race is my home grand prix doesn't give me any extra pressure," he told AUTOSPORT. "If anything, it's extra motivation so maybe I can squeeze an extra tenth or two out of myself and the car simply because of that support.
"We have a strong car and should be able to put a good show on. If it's your home grand prix and you have so many people cheering for you, it's something you will always remember."
Vettel added that he expects a similar atmosphere to that experienced by the British drivers at Silverstone two weeks ago, where a race day crowd of 115,000 turned out to back Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button.
"I hope we can have at least as good an atmosphere as there was at Silverstone," he said. "You look forward to your home grand prix, but what you like to see is that the people around the track are enjoying it and being passionate.
"There are some races that have something special about them and hopefully plenty of people should come to Hockenheim."
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