After a full three day test programme at Silverstone and a weekend relaxing, Michael is keen to tackle the first race of the year in Germany. The European Grand Prix at the Nurburgring has special significance for Michael, given that the "Ring" is...
After a full three day test programme at Silverstone and a weekend relaxing, Michael is keen to tackle the first race of the year in Germany. The European Grand Prix at the Nurburgring has special significance for Michael, given that the "Ring" is not far from his home town of Kerpen.
How good is it to come to the Nurburgring as championship leader? "Obviously, it is great but even more important is knowing that, with the F2003-GA, I have a car which is simply amazing, with a very good performance level. In general, it is a fantastic feeling coming to the Nurburgring, but it is even better knowing that I can expect to be fighting for the win. Indeed, our car's main advantage is that it goes well on all the circuits and we are always in the hunt for the win. And, in the past few races at the Nurburgring, Ferrari has usually gone very well."
However, the season so far has shown that it is extremely difficult to make predictions this year. "It seems that the pecking order varies from circuit to circuit, with the result depending each time on the track layout," affirmed Michael. "I think that trend will continue in the second half of the season. We will continue to win races, but so will McLaren-Mercedes and BMW-Williams."
"As I've said before, I think it will be a tough fight for the title, which is likely to go down to the wire. The competition is close and there will be more changes in the order. However, I think it's natural that we have taken the lead in both classifications. My results up to the mid-point of the season are pretty good, especially if we ignore the first three races...Ok, we can't do that, but it's good all the same. At the moment, we are in a strong position with the prospect of doing better."
Any thoughts on the possibility of passing the 1000 points mark in the F1 world championship this weekend, at the same time as recording his 50th win with Ferrari? "It sounds good, but I prefer to talk about things only when they have become reality..."