Schumacher hopes for Monza turnaround

Schumacher hopes for Monza turnaround

In just a few days Ferrari will be racing on its home soil at Monza for the Italian Grand Prix and Michael Schumacher hopes the race will turn the championship in his team's favour. Traditionally a Ferrari stamping ground, Monza is the fastest ...

In just a few days Ferrari will be racing on its home soil at Monza for the Italian Grand Prix and Michael Schumacher hopes the race will turn the championship in his team's favour. Traditionally a Ferrari stamping ground, Monza is the fastest circuit on the calendar and Schumacher has won there three times; but his last victory at the track was three years ago.

Michael Schumacher.
Photo by Brousseau Photo.
The German spent Sunday 7th of September at the N?rburgring for the Michael Schumacher Fan Day and welcomed the support of the crowds as the season heads into the final three races. "At the N?rburgring I had a lot of support from the fans and this gives me an additional boost," he said.

"It did me good and will be a help. Now we start the final sprint and each race will become ever more important. Given how tight the fight is this year, even elements like this will play their part."

Schumacher will attend the Frankfurt Motor Show this week and also a charity football match in Italy before heading to Monza. Ferrari had a heavy testing schedule last week and have some changes to the F2003-GA for the Italian GP.

"Yesterday I said that it seemed to me that we had returned to our usual standard and the three and a half days of track time were very worthwhile," the reigning champion said of the test. "The final part of the season will be a challenge and I have nothing against that."

"With the experience we have gathered and the consecutive victories over the past few years, we can work calmly and in a concentrated fashion. We have developed a new aerodynamic package for this Sunday's race and we have also gathered important data relating to other elements of the package."

"There is no doubt that Monza will be a difficult race, but I reckon we have a realistic chance of winning. Come what may, we will do all we can to turn the championship around."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Michael Schumacher
Teams Ferrari