On Sunday after taking the Driver's World Championship, Michael Schumacher was in a happy and emotional mood as he spoke to the press. "I can't quite express my feelings at the moment," said the five times world champion. "I cannot find the right...
On Sunday after taking the Driver's World Championship, Michael Schumacher was in a happy and emotional mood as he spoke to the press. "I can't quite express my feelings at the moment," said the five times world champion. "I cannot find the right words. I am very happy and it is a wonderful feeling."
Once the initial emotion was out of the way, he became more reflective. "I would never have believed I could take the title at Magny-Cours. It was an amazing race. As I crossed the line, it was like a huge weight had been lifted from my shoulders, because I had felt so much pressure over the last few laps. I feel sorry for Kimi because he really drove a great race. Going off on oil has nothing to do with how experienced you are. It happened to him but it could have happened to anyone," said Michael. "But I can't say I actually overtook him. He was practically off the circuit and simply stayed on the racing line."
"I am sorry for Rubens, as we enjoy a good relationship. He supports me and pushes me to new limits. We work very well together. I am sure he was very disappointed, but I am also sure he will get over it quickly."
The win in Magny-Cours means that the German has equalled Juan-Manuel Fangio's record of five drivers' world titles. Inevitably, comparisons will be drawn with the Argentinian, but Michael is not keen on the idea. "I cannot be compared with Fangio, even if it is flattering for me. I don't think I am at his level, but most of all, you are looking at a different era when everything was different. It was another age, so comparisons are impossible. For the same reasons, I cannot compare this title with others. Each one has its own emotional baggage. It is different, that's all. But I hope I can experience these emotions again."
After Sunday's win there was talk that Michael Schumacher was now a Formula 1 legend. "The real legend is the team," commented Michael. "The only reason I am here celebrating this drivers's title is that behind me, behind us is a very hard working team which works with us and for us. They are all fantastic. I thank them all, because I would not want to miss anyone out. But thank you is too small a word."