Schumacher likes to fight

Schumacher likes to fight

With four races to go in the 2003 F1 season, there's still a total of seven drivers whom, mathematically at least, have a chance of winning the title. However, in more realistic terms, it's a fight between to the top three or four. For Michael ...

With four races to go in the 2003 F1 season, there's still a total of seven drivers whom, mathematically at least, have a chance of winning the title. However, in more realistic terms, it's a fight between to the top three or four. For Michael Schumacher, who is leading by six points from Williams' Juan Pablo Montoya, it's a situation he is enjoying.

Interview for Michael Schumacher.
Photo by Brousseau Photo.
"I like to fight like this," he told the press at the Ferrari motorhome in the paddock at the Hungaroring on Thursday. "It is a very good situation and I have no problem with it. It can be very interesting with the possibility of Kimi or Juan Pablo taking points off one another, which is good for me, as I am leading."

Now the testing ban has been lifted, Schumacher is confident that Ferrari can fight back from what has been a couple of mediocre races for the team. "We now have time to test for the last three races and I have confidence in the team that we can turn the situation to our favour, and that the good times will be back for us," he said.

"It is possible that we might have to settle for second place in a couple of the coming races, as it is true that Williams has a lot of momentum at the moment. But our team has excellent development skills and great teamwork."

The German is disappointed at the loss of Canada but looking on the bright side, he is pleased that it appears Spa-Francorchamps will return: "'Looking at my record there, I will be sad, even though I don't like the circuit so much from a driving point of view," he said of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal. "But the good side is that this race is being replaced by the Belgian GP at Spa and that really is my favourite circuit."

Brother Ralf escaped a ten-place grid demotion in favour of a fine at the FIA court of appeal hearing and Michael is glad -- not only for Ralf but because he would prefer a fair fight on track rather than benefit from someone else's misfortune: "Firstly, I think the original penalty was too harsh and secondly, I would not want to profit on the track from someone being penalised."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Ferrari , Williams