Along with millions of other soccer fans, Michael Schumacher spent a lot of time glued to the television last weekend, watching the decisive day in the German Bundesliga on the Saturday and the Italian Serie A. On Saturday afternoon, Michael ...
Along with millions of other soccer fans, Michael Schumacher spent a lot of time glued to the television last weekend, watching the decisive day in the German Bundesliga on the Saturday and the Italian Serie A. On Saturday afternoon, Michael followed the match over the phone but it was not the hoped for ending.
"I had already said earlier in the week that, in my opinion, Bayer Leverkusen deserved the title, because I think this team plays a good game with plenty of enthusiasm," said the Formula 1 driver. "So the result was obviously a bit disappointing. Now, I can only hope for better and wish Bayer luck in the Champions League in Glasgow. Hopefully they will make up for the disappointment and spread the wins a bit that way. But I must also congratulate Borussia Dortmund who managed to come out on top after a very long season and they definitely deserved the title."
The final of the Serie A did actually go a bit more the way Michael had expected. "I only got to a television shortly before half-time," he explained. "At that point Inter was leading 2 -1 so that the final result with the score turned round 4 -2 rather took me by surprise. I had not expected them to slip back to third place. Obviously I am very happy for Juve." Schumacher, the part time player kicked off his weekend with a game on Friday night with the Nazionale Piloti at Arezzo in Tuscany and scored a goal. His game for FC Echichens in Switzerland was cancelled.
Michael therefore had a bit more time to spend with his family before next weekend's Austrian Grand Prix. Michael has never won at Zeltweg and for some, that is cause for hope given Ferrari's dominance in the past two races.
"I am often asked why I have never done well in Austria, " said the four times world champion with a smile. "All I can say is that I don't pay attention to the statistics and therefore I'm looking forward to proving them wrong. I hope I can succeed this weekend. We can definitely go to Austria with confidence, ready to fight for the win. I don't see any reason why our winning streak should end. The F2002 is such a fantastic car that we should be in top shape again in Zeltweg."
"That doesn't mean we are taking the task lightly this weekend. On the contrary, because Ferrari knows better than most that the fight for the world championship is not yet over and there will be some difficult times ahead. Why should we be immune to that? We will be tackling every race with the maximum concentration. In football, there is a saying that goes, the next fame is always the hardest. That also applies to Formula 1."