No crisis for Schumacher

No crisis for Schumacher

It only takes one or two less than perfect race results for some people to start talking about a crisis for Ferrari. It happened at the beginning of the season and it's happening again now, with a double Williams one-two finish and the team only...

It only takes one or two less than perfect race results for some people to start talking about a crisis for Ferrari. It happened at the beginning of the season and it's happening again now, with a double Williams one-two finish and the team only three points behind Ferrari in the Constructors' championship. But things in Formula One can change very rapidly and Michael Schumacher certainly isn't worried about a supposed crisis.

Michael Schumacher.
Photo by Mark Gledhill.
"When Ferrari fails to win a race, the media immediately talk about a crisis," said the reigning champion. "But there is no crisis at the moment. So far we have won four races and we still lead the classification. Of course, it's clear that in the last two races, our package was not as good as that of our rivals, but only by a bit."

"This is what happens in sport and the situation can change very quickly. I am convinced that the Ferrari engineers and all our partners will now push to turn the situation round in our favour. I am really confident we will succeed in this."

Ralf Schumacher is within striking distance of his brother in the Driver's standings after his two victories in the last two races but for Michael it's not a worry: "On the contrary, I am happy for all his success," said Schumacher Senior. "He deserves it and judging by his qualities as a driver, a similar situation should have arisen a while ago. I am really happy that he now has a car with which he can show what he can do."

After back-to-back races at Europe and France, there's no rest for Michael as Ferrari embarks on an intensive test week at three different circuits in preparation for the British Grand Prix in two weeks time.

"We have a long and thorough test session planned this week and we will all be working hard, concentrating on our jobs," he explained. "What we have to do now is knuckle down and work efficiently. That way we will improve the situation, as we have seen in the past."

"It is pretty normal to go through phases when different teams are more or less competitive during the course of a season. There is no one element that can be considered to blame and it is always the whole package which needs to improve. We were ready for a tough season which would be fiercely contested, which is why we are not surprised."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Ralf Schumacher , Michael Schumacher
Teams Ferrari , Williams