Family time for Schumacher

Every Monday night after a grand prix, the Schumacher household goes through the same routine: Michael turns the key in the door and the children rush to give him and Corinna a warm welcome. Seven days without Mum and Dad are more than enough and...

Every Monday night after a grand prix, the Schumacher household goes through the same routine: Michael turns the key in the door and the children rush to give him and Corinna a warm welcome. Seven days without Mum and Dad are more than enough and this week will be dedicated to family activities. On Sunday night before leaving the Indianapolis circuit, Corinna and Michael spoke of how keen they were to be see their children again.

"Before the grand prix, we spent a few days holiday horse riding which was good fun. Back home it will be time to entertain our children," said the World Champion. The Schumachers are looking forward to a very exciting week with some friends joining in. As there is no testing on his programme this week, Michael will probably make the most of it by riding his Harley-Davidson.

The end of the United States Grand Prix was decided in Rubens Barrichello's favour by just 11 thousandths of a second in a photo finish after Schumacher had led for the entire race. It provoked mixed reactions from the crowd even though it was done in a very obvious manner. Interviewed on Monday night, Michael said, "I have already explained everything at Indianapolis. I simply wanted to cross the line at the same time as Rubens. We have had a fantastic season together and we are such friends that it would have been the perfect symbol of our mutual respect."

"It was just like in the old days when one crossed the line together holding hands. Obviously that's not possible in a Formula 1 car but sure it's possible to drive side by side. In the end, Rubens crossed the line fractionally ahead of me, I thought it was a really good thing. Rubens has helped me several times during this season and that's why I think this was the perfect end. I certainly did not want to offend anyone. On the contrary, I felt that crossing the line together only proved our unity and team spirit."

Now there are just a few days before Michael tackles the final race at Suzuka, a track which usually suits the Ferrari. The Japanese race will in any case be the finale to a perfect season for Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro. Victory in the Constructors' Championship and first and second places in the Drivers' Championship, as well as a record number of points. It would be hard to do better.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Rubens Barrichello
Teams Ferrari