Schumacher taking nothing for granted

Schumacher taking nothing for granted

Michael Schumacher must be getting a little tired of telling people that the title is not yet won, and he's taking nothing for granted heading into the last race of the year. Schumacher needs just one point to secure his sixth championship at...

Michael Schumacher must be getting a little tired of telling people that the title is not yet won, and he's taking nothing for granted heading into the last race of the year. Schumacher needs just one point to secure his sixth championship at Suzuka this weekend: rival Kimi Raikkonen needs to win and have the German to score nothing.

Michael Schumacher.
Photo by Brousseau Photo.
"Until there is still a mathematical possibility that he (Raikkonen) can become champion, then nothing has been won," Schumacher said before leaving for Japan. "This sport is unpredictable, it would be wrong to be confident too early and presumptuous to take for granted a victory that has still to be claimed."

At Indianapolis, Schumacher needed to win the race and have Juan Pablo Montoya finish lower than fifth, and also for Raikkonen to be lower than second, for him to take the title. It was a scenario that many thought would not happen. But it nearly did -- Montoya only managed sixth, putting him out of contention, and only Raikkonen fighting to second stopped Schumacher's sixth title being won in America.

The German is well aware that hard work is what counts and all the predictions and possibilities are best ignored. "Everyone in the team is aware of what stage of the game we are at, and we are all very focused," he said.

"We got some good results from the testing programme we have carried out and we are prepared for this final race of the season. All the theories and calculations are no help once you are on the track: we have to work as best as we can, as always, leaving aside the 'ifs' and the 'buts'."

The Constructors' title is still open as well, with Williams just three points behind Ferrari. Naturally, Schumacher and the Scuderia want their winning ways to continue as long as possible.

"At Suzuka we will be fighting to win both titles," Michael stated. "We want to bring the constructors' and drivers' title back to Maranello once again. In short, we would like the 'Ferrari era', as these recent years have been dubbed, to continue for another season."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Michael Schumacher , Kimi Raikkonen
Teams Ferrari , Williams