Ferrari pair the only title contenders

Ferrari pair the only title contenders

Ferrari claimed its sixth consecutive constructors' championship in Hungary and now only Michael Schumacher or teammate Rubens Barrichello can win the drivers' title. So which one is it going to be? The answer seems inevitable; Schumacher is 38 ...

Ferrari claimed its sixth consecutive constructors' championship in Hungary and now only Michael Schumacher or teammate Rubens Barrichello can win the drivers' title. So which one is it going to be? The answer seems inevitable; Schumacher is 38 points clear of Barrichello in the standings and if he wins at Spa, the championship will be his.

Race winner Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello arrive in Parc Ferm?.
Photo by Ferrari Media Center.

Schumacher has won every race he's finished this year and while Barrichello still mathematically has a chance, he knows it's slim. "The probability is much lower, of course, you have to be realistic, no fantasies," said the Brazilian. "Michael is really far away from everybody in terms of points, but until there is not a chance, there is always a chance."

While he accepts the probability that Schumacher will take the title, Barrichello is still out to win races. Spa may be Michael's big event but for Rubens the last race in his home country is the victory he really wants. He has failed to finish in Brazil for nine years in a row.

"For Michael, probably the next race, in Spa, is very important for him," he said. "For me, the last one is going to the most important one, and that's my main effort, to keep on trying to see if I can win the race. That's going to be the main opportunity of my life."

As for Schumacher, he'd be happy to win the title at either Spa or the following race, Monza. Spa is back on the calendar after its absence last year and is one of Michael's favourite circuits. Monza, of course, is the home of Ferrari.

"Both races have an attraction to win the drivers' championship if I could do so," he said. "Spa obviously has a lot of special meaning to me, it's very close to my home as well. Obviously Monza, Italy, has a different attraction that explains itself."

Although the odds seem overwhelmingly in Schumacher's favour, he's not taking anything for granted. "If I have a possibility I will go for one or the other, we find out but whether it's going to happen, that's another story. But mathematically, Rubens still has a chance and he will go for that."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Michael Schumacher , Rubens Barrichello
Teams Ferrari