This season, for the first time in half a decade, neither Michael Schumacher nor Ferrari will lift the championship crown. Fernando Alonso has already laid claim to the drivers' title and with two races remaining it's between Renault and McLaren...
This season, for the first time in half a decade, neither Michael Schumacher nor Ferrari will lift the championship crown. Fernando Alonso has already laid claim to the drivers' title and with two races remaining it's between Renault and McLaren for the constructors'. Schumacher is now looking ahead to the challenge of bringing Ferrari back up to speed ready to fight again next season.
"I will never tire of saying that we had to expect that things would go like this," said the German. "The world of racing is like life: one goes through good times and bad. It is all about cycles and this should not frighten us."
"I can also say that the way that each of is going about his work makes it apparent that the situation is highly stimulating for us. We are facing a new challenge, one that will lead from the 'low' we are now in to once more going for the title next year."
Ferrari tested at Paul Ricard in France last week in preparation for Japan and China, the back-to-back events that conclude the 2005 season. "It was a very positive experience and we managed to test quite calmly," Schumacher commented on the test programme.
"The times were good and we did not have any technical problems. So, I am curious to see how we do in the final two races of the season. Changes in performance are often witnessed over the course of a season and this could repeat itself again."
Ferrari did show a little improvement in Brazil, with Schumacher and teammate Rubens Barrichello both finishing in the points. However, it's obviously disappointing for the team to have not yet improved enough to be back on the podium or winning races.
"Naturally, it would have been nice to have come out of it by the end of the year," Schumacher remarked. "However, we cannot force things too much. Our motivations for next year do not depend on the last two races but, rather, on other things. Now we are off to Japan to try to do our best. Then we will see how things go."