Europe Preview Quotes: Williams

Mark Webber: "The Nurburgring is a track steeped in history, especially the old part of the circuit. As it's located in the mountains, the weather can be very temperamental and normally plays a big role in the race. I think the way the organisers have changed the layout of the first sector over the last few years has made it more interesting than it was in the past and the Dunlop Kurve, where you have a quick left-right up the hill, is a great part of the lap. I also like the circuit because it has a good mix of corners. The Nurburgring is obviously an important race for BMW so it would be good to repeat the success of Monaco and get another good result there."

Europe Preview Quotes: Williams

Nick Heidfeld: "The race at the Nurburgring is a very special one for me. It's my home GP as it's the closest track to Monchengladbach where I was born. I learned how to ride a bike near the circuit when I was three years old and my father often used to take my two brothers and me there when we were young. In the winter, we would go sledging on the Nordschleife! When I was eight, I started go karting there as well, so it's easy to understand why I have a special relationship with the circuit. I've raced at the Nurburgring many times, in Formula Ford, Formula Three and Formula 3000, and have always enjoyed it. I've also won quite a few races there too!

It's also nice to go there because I have more supporters at the Nurburgring than at any other race. During the GP weekend, I will have to spend more time doing PR work and interviews, but it is part of the sport and I actually like it. It's a great boost to go to my home Grand Prix having achieved my best result in my F1 career so far at Monaco last weekend and I hope I can do well again for the team in Germany."

Sam Michael (Technical Director, WilliamsF1): "As we are in the middle of back to back races, we can not have the normal testing session after the Monaco GP. However, we are completing a shakedown test at Silverstone with Nico Rosberg, and we used previous test sessions to verify the tyre compounds that Michelin are bringing to Germany.

The Nurburgring is a high downforce circuit, with a lot of medium speed corners and one high speed section. There are two opportunities for overtaking into the first corner and one more obvious one into the last chicane. All of the chassis parts that we added to the car for Monaco will be used at the Nurburgring. We have improved the aerodynamics on the FW27 significantly since the start of the season and we are concentrating on traction control and start performance with BMW."

Mario Theissen (BMW Motorsport Director): "The two podium finishes in Monaco are a motivational boost for the team. BMW has a very special relationship with the Nurburgring, and not just because of the F1 one-two victory there two years ago. The Ring has been the venue for many BMW touring car and endurance triumphs. Our latest success there came just three weeks ago when BMW Motorsport had a clean sweep in the 24 hour race with two M3 GTRs. With 18 wins in total, BMW is the most successful manufacturer by far in the endurance classic. At times during their winning performance, the drivers had to contend with rain, hail and even snow. For the sake of the Formula One fans, we hope that the Eifel will provide more clement weather conditions for the European Grand Prix.

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