Ralf Schumacher is trying to stay out of the title fight between brother Michael and Williams teammate Juan Pablo Montoya, but thinks they both deserve to win. After having to miss Monza due to recovering from a testing crash, Ralf lost his own ...
Ralf Schumacher is trying to stay out of the title fight between brother Michael and Williams teammate Juan Pablo Montoya, but thinks they both deserve to win. After having to miss Monza due to recovering from a testing crash, Ralf lost his own chance to win the Driver's championship and is now reluctant to back a favourite between the two main challengers.
"From an experience point of view and racing ability, I definitely see Michael as having the upper hand. But on the package side, I see Juan in a better position -- we have a stronger car and the better tyre -- all that is against Michael. Obviously he's my brother and I wish him all the best but at the same time, I'm driving for Williams and Juan deserves it as much."
As for this weekend at Indianapolis, Ralf is hoping for a better race than last year. In 2002 he finished outside the points after a skirmish with Montoya early in the race in which he lost his rear wing. "Last year was not so kind to us, and in particular me, and with the Championships so closely balanced, I think everybody will be careful this year," he commented.
Ralf has not driven the Williams since his crash at Monza and will see how he feels in practice today, but is not anticipating any difficulties. "I feel pretty well," he confirmed. "I guess there shouldn't be any problem."
Suzuka is the final race of the season and the circuit is supposedly one that is suited to Ferrari, but Ralf doesn't think that means the Scuderia will have the advantage. "I wouldn't think so," he said. "Previously it was down to our car not being good enough but this year I can't see a reason why we should be slower than a Ferrari. We haven't been at the last six or seven circuits so there's no reason why it should be any different there."