The upcoming German Grand Prix is the home race of Michael Schumacher, amongst others, and it's always a special weekend for the reigning champion. Given Ferrari's current form the German is not building the home fans' expectations up for victory...
The upcoming German Grand Prix is the home race of Michael Schumacher, amongst others, and it's always a special weekend for the reigning champion. Given Ferrari's current form the German is not building the home fans' expectations up for victory at Hockenheim, where he won last year, but his optimism and confidence remain intact for a good result.
"Regardless of the circumstances, a race in Germany is always special," Schumacher told his website. "We're not trying to hide the fact that we're a little bit on the hunt for our performance right now, but another thing we're not hiding, either, is our team's dedication and fighting spirit."
"Contrary to many other people's opinions, we have in no means written ourselves off, even though we have to admit that the situation has worsened recently, rather than improved. But that doesn't mean that it can't be improved again, and that's exactly what we're working on."
It can't be denied that Schumacher's chances of an eighth world championship title this year are looking decidedly slim but, like any other driver, while the possibility is there he is not about to give up. "To be perfectly honest, I can't really understand that some people are blaming me for believing in even small chances," he remarked.
"I travel to every race with my mind set on achieving the best possible result and I go to every race aspiring to try everything that's within our means. We're taking it step by step now, and are working as best we can."
Ferrari spent last week testing at the Paul Ricard hi-tech test track in France, working on a programme of tyre development with partner Bridgestone, and the team will also have a revised aerodynamic package for Hockenheim. Schumacher is currently third in the drivers' standings, as is Ferrari in the constructors'.