Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel desperate for German GP success


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Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel admits he is desperate to win the German Grand Prix at Hockenheimring for the first time after he claimed pole position on Saturday.

Vettel is the 1.50 favourite to win the race after title rival Lewis Hamilton saw his Mercedes car suffer hydraulic failure during Q1.

The Briton will now start Sunday’s race in 14th, while his team-mate Valtteri Bottas starts second ahead of Vettel’s partner Kimi Raikkonen.

Vettel produced a sensational final lap to snatch pole by two tenths of a second but the pressure will be on during his home race. The former Red Bull star has won a home grand prix before at the Nurburgring but he has never been victorious at Hockenheim.

He grew up near the track as a youngster and the four-time world champion admits it would be special to secure the race win.

“I felt in Q1 that the car could do it and sometimes you just know,” Vettel told Sky Sports F1.

“I’d be lying if I said tomorrow is irrelevant, it is important to me and it does mean a lot to me.

But I’m not too stressed about it. I think it’s important to carry that momentum. We’ll try to control the things that we can.

“I want to enjoy it and then usually good things will happen.”

Bottas is priced at 7.00 to grab the race victory, while Hamilton is a 9.50 outsider and will need some luck as he tries to climb through the field.

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