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Vettel targets win at 'special' Hockenheim

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Sebastian Vettel admits he would be foolish to play down his chances of victory at a "very special" Hockenheim circuit where he started his racing career.

Vettel won his first German Grand Prix last season as he took the chequered flag at the Nurburgring, but is yet to claim victory in 2014. Hockenheim is another power circuit and that gives Mercedes the edge over the likes of Red Bull but Vettel thinks his emotional attachment to the track where he made his open-wheel debut could play into his hands.

"We are not the favourites going into the weekend but there's always a chance of winning," Vettel said. "For sure this circuit is very special to me because my home town is only 30 minutes from here, it's where I grew up, I also started go-karting not too far away from here around the corner so a lot of memories. It always feels like a second home so it's definitely a very special place for me, here is where I did my first car race in 2003 so definitely somewhere I want to win at."

As one of four German drivers on the grid Vettel can expect a good reception throughout the weekend, especially after the nation's FIFA World Cup triumph last weekend, something he hopes to take advantage of.

"Obviously last year was very special, I'd been trying many times before so it was definitely a good feeling to succeed. I think this year should be a very good weekend, there's a good weather forecast and obviously the whole of Germany still has the German flags from the World Cup so it will be great to see that around the track and get a little bit of that support here."

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