Schumacher returns to scene of double win

Schumacher returns to scene of double win

Michael Schumacher is ready to return to the scene of his double win last year; that of the French Grand Prix and of his fifth world title. This year Schumacher is not enjoying the same advantage in points at Magny-Cours as in 2002, but obviously...

Michael Schumacher is ready to return to the scene of his double win last year; that of the French Grand Prix and of his fifth world title. This year Schumacher is not enjoying the same advantage in points at Magny-Cours as in 2002, but obviously both he and Ferrari are looking to add to their tally.

France is the home of tyre manufacturer Michelin but Schumacher doesn't agree with the general theory that the Michelin shod cars usually do better at Magny-Cours, due to the heat, than the Bridgestone teams, including Ferrari.

Michael Schumacher.
Photo by Brousseau Photo.
"Many consider the French GP the 'home' race for Michelin and it is true that on this track the tyres will be crucial, above because of the elevated temperatures," said the German.

"Over the course of this season though, we have seen on many occasions how the theory that Michelin is better in the heat and Bridgestone in the cold, has been proved wrong. The performance of the tyres depends on many other factors, like the general characteristics of the track and the condition of the asphalt. I don't think you can say that it is determined by a general trend."

Schumacher is not a great fan of the track conditions, which, with a very smooth surface, can be changeable. However, he is a fan of the French countryside and is obviously looking for another victory this weekend.

"Magny-Cours is a circuit whose surface can become very slippery if it is really hot," he commented. "I have to admit that I don't really like these conditions as I prefer going through curves fast and not be held back by a lack of grip. I do like the track overall though as it is very accommodating and represents a real challenge."

"After all the activity at N?rburgring, it will be nice to settle back in the French countryside. This will benefit me because I love being close to nature. At Magny-Cours there is often a laid back atmosphere, so we can concentrate on the job in hand. As always, we will be going for the win.'

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Michael Schumacher
Teams Ferrari