Michael Schumacher enjoyed his win in France that little bit more, because he didn't expect it to happen. It's hard to imagine why, as most of the rest of would have been surprised to see anyone but Schumacher take the top step of the podium at ...
Michael Schumacher enjoyed his win in France that little bit more, because he didn't expect it to happen. It's hard to imagine why, as most of the rest of would have been surprised to see anyone but Schumacher take the top step of the podium at Magny Cours. It was only ever between him and Renault's Fernando Alonso and Renault just couldn't match Ferrari last weekend.
"To be honest, I did not think things would go as they did," said Schumacher. "We were worried. First, you can never be certain of anything and, second, things did not look particularly hopeful. In the end though, everything turned out okay. I have to pay thanks to all the mechanics and engineers who, with very little data, set the car up superbly."
Schumacher took another two points out of Alonso's championship lead and while there's still a long way to go, it's undeniable that Ferrari is closing in. After the Scuderia's struggles last season it was dubious if the team would have a look in at this year's title, but now it's feasible that Schumacher and Ferrari could regain their crowns.
However, Schumacher is not getting too optimistic. "It is tough," he conceded. "From now on, we are focused on the 17 points we have to make up. It will be hard as Alonso and his team have the edge but one thing is clear: nothing is certain in Formula One."
"This means that we will not develop a false sense of security; this very race demonstrated that, this year, details can make all the difference. We can be proud of the fact that we are doing well and we will continue heading in this direction."
Ferrari will test at Paul Ricard this week and Schumacher is scheduled to be behind the wheel. "These are important tests as we have to select the tyres for the next three races," he remarked. The next event on the calendar is one of his home events, Hockenheim in Germany.
"We would like to prepare for the next race and do well in Germany," Schumacher concluded. "We will see how things go. I need the extra motivation; we are all motivated and each member of the Ferrari team wants the Prancing Horse to win the title race."