Some races simply go just as planned and for Michael Schumacher, that was the case in the Canadian Grand Prix. A victory after starting second on the grid, the closest rivals going home empty handed, the sixth win of the season, the 150th...
Some races simply go just as planned and for Michael Schumacher, that was the case in the Canadian Grand Prix.
A victory after starting second on the grid, the closest rivals going home empty handed, the sixth win of the season, the 150th victory for Ferrari, the German champion's fifth win in Montreal, celebrations with wife and friends. There were lots of reasons to enjoy the champagne on the podium and then to enjoy the evening in Montreal with Corinna and friends with whom he had spent a few days holiday in Texas prior to the Canadian race, before returning to Switzerland.
The four times world champion can take satisfaction from having contributed 40 of those 150 Ferrari Formula 1 wins.
"It's a great feeling," said Michael. "Winning this team is special. Ferrari has fans who have stayed faithful even when things were not going so well and this achievement makes me happy for them. I've been at Ferrari for quite a while now and we have enjoyed some really good times together, getting several fantastic victories. I am really happy to be able to celebrate this event. We also have to thank the entire test team, which works unstintingly in the background. Because, we would not be this successful without their efforts and those of Luca Badoer and Luciano Burti and of course, everyone back in the factory in Maranello."
It is hardly surprising that after the Canadian Grand Prix, it was once again time for speculation about when Schumacher might take the title, but as usual, the world champion refused to be drawn on the subject. With his closest rivals, the Williams drivers, Juan Pablo Montoya and Ralf Schumacher failing to score points, Michael now has a 43 point lead.
"We were definitely lucky as Montoya handed us six more points, although it was a shame that I could not race him to the end," said Michael. "But I'm not sad about that. However, I see no reason at all to say that the championship is already over. It isn't. The important thing is to continue fighting so that it goes in our favour. When that happens is less important. But obviously, we will do all we can to ensure it does happen and as soon as possible."
"But I repeat that nothing is certain and anything could happen. The championship will only be over when it is mathematically decided," added Michael. "We still have nine races ahead of us and so there are still 90 points up for grabs. My lead is reassuring, but it's not enough so for now I'm not thinking about it."