Sebastian Vettel admitted the inclusion of a race at the Nürburgring in 2020 came as a ‘big surprise’ to the German racer, as he will be able to race in his homeland during his final year with Scuderia Ferrari.
Vettel’s future in Formula 1 remains uncertain, with the German being linked to drives at Aston Martin Racing and Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda for 2021, with the four-time World Champion already having been ousted from his seat with Ferrari for next year by Carlos Sainz Jr.
The coronavirus pandemic has seen drastic changes being made to the Formula 1 calendar, with eleven of the original twenty-two events having been cancelled, while three more races remain postponed for now, pending a decision on their future coming up sooner rather than later.
Instead, Formula 1 will be concentrating its season primarily around Europe, with races at Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello, Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari and Nürburgring being added to the calendar.
Vettel has won twice at the Nürburgring, and he cannot wait to return there in October for the Eifel Grand Prix, although he is curious to what kind of weather would await everyone at that time of year.
“The Nürburgring, what a big surprise! [There’s] still a Grand Prix in Germany this year!” Vettel said to German press agency DPA.
“I’ve driven three times there in Formula 1 so far. With Red Bull, I have won it twice. Once I was second and the last time in 2013 I managed to win the race.
“It will certainly be a challenge for the teams and for us as drivers. I’m already excited about what the weather will be like in October.”