As a rule the Nürburgring grand prix track is often criticised for lacking the soul and charms of its longer Nordschleife sibling. Indeed, when asked about the GP circuit Sabine Schmitz told us, “I hate it!”
We understand a modern grand prix circuit can never hope to match challenges posed by the 20.8km Green Hell. Yet, to us, it has always looked like a fun place to race. The climb up the hill from Turn 7 to Turns 13 and 14 (Dunlop curve to NGK chicane), especially.
So it was a wry smile we enjoyed the answers given by Mark Webber (Red Bull) and Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes AMG) when they were asked for their thoughts on the GP track after qualifying for tonight’s 2013 German Grand Prix.
Mark Webber, who won his first grand prix at the Nürburgring in 2009, said, “It’s a beautiful little circuit for us to still drive on so I think all the guys enjoy driving here.”
While Lewis Hamilton, winner here in 2008 and 2011, added, “It’s a fantastic circuit, one of the classics and it hasn’t lost that feel of an old classic circuit.”
You can read their full comments after the break.
[Pics: Red Bull/Getty Images & Mercedes AMG]