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Nico, you’ve spent five weeks away from Formula 1. What have you been up to?
I spent a lot of time in Germany and at home, visiting family and friends who I don't get to see very often, which was really nice. I also went to Majorca for a week -we Germans love it there!
How important was it to recharge your batteries?
It was nice to have a break and cool down a little, but to be honest it has been long enough now and I’m looking forward to getting back to the racing.
With nine races to go, what are your hopes and expectations for the second half of the year?
I hope that we can make another step forward and can consistently score good results. We are eighth in the championship right now and clearly we want to make a big effort to improve on that in the coming races.
Looking ahead to Spa, tell us what it feels like to drive a Formula 1 car there…
Spa is a great track. There’s just such a great flow to the circuit with some mighty corners that are incredible. It’s definitely one of the best places to drive a Formula 1 car to feel the performance through the high-speed corners. It is one of my favourite tracks.