French GP - Family battles: Michael and Ralf happy

Magny-Cours, 28th June - Both Michael and Ralf Schumacher are happy that the brotherly battles will continue, while Michael has also explained why Ralf was unhappy after last Sunday's European Grand Prix. "The battles certain will continue," said...

Magny-Cours, 28th June - Both Michael and Ralf Schumacher are happy that the brotherly battles will continue, while Michael has also explained why Ralf was unhappy after last Sunday's European Grand Prix. "The battles certain will continue," said Ralf. "We hopefully will see more real overtaking on the circuit. I don't know when that will happen but we have had very tough battles in the past, as we did at Nurburgring, and they will always be exciting."

Asked if he thought that the brotherly relationship would suffer if Ralf began to win on a regular basis, Michael said "not at all. Certainly, 100 per cent, yes. Actually, I will be very delighted. As you know, I have achieved quite a lot and I will be very happy to see my brother doing very well." Michael went on to clarify Ralf's unhappiness following last weekend's European Grand Prix. "I think the particularly reason - and Ralf has expressed this as well, although people don't like to listen because it doesn't suit their story - is that Ralf was quite upset about the 10 second stop and go penalty because he felt that this decision was a very hard one and I can only agree.

"But then, on the other hand, the rule is there and we all ought to respect that sometimes it's hard to accept and sometimes it's the other way around. That is the main reason - and I said this after Sunday as well - that he wasn't too happy about what I did at the start.

"I can well imagine, I've been happy very unhappy with people who did the same to me and when you're behind, you're always the person who is unhappy. In front, you feel totally OK. That's the way it is. We don't have a particular problem with this. We talk about things and perhaps they're pretty clear. We race and we race for different companies and we have to maximise the opportunities and we have to use the rules in whatever way they allow us to until a certain point, obviously, and he's quite happy with that."

-Ferrari

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Ralf Schumacher
Teams Ferrari