Michael Schumacher is aiming to continue his perfect record of wins at Imola this weekend and has the added boost of racing at Ferrari's 'home' event. The reigning champion won last year's San Marino Grand Prix and the Tifosi will be out in force...
Michael Schumacher is aiming to continue his perfect record of wins at Imola this weekend and has the added boost of racing at Ferrari's 'home' event. The reigning champion won last year's San Marino Grand Prix and the Tifosi will be out in force to see Ferrari in action again. Being the Ambassador of San Marino also gives Schumacher extra motivation.
"There are some races that have something special about them," he said. "Imola is practically our home circuit, Ferrari has always been acclaimed here and the fans make themselves heard like nowhere else. They really give us a boost."
"We shouldn't forget that the link between Imola and Maranello comes from the fact that the Autodrome of Santerno is named Enzo and Dino Ferrari. I am also the Ambassador of the Republic of San Marino and so I feel even more motivated."
Imola is a tough race on cars; the kerbs are unforgiving and the stop-and-go nature of the track puts the emphasis on brakes. Like rivals, Ferrari is introducing improvements for this weekend. "'Imola is one of our favourite circuits and we have often managed to get good results here," said Schumacher.
"The layout of the track puts the brakes under some stress and also the engine, but we already know this and, probably, so do the majority of the other teams. It for this reason that we will have a new aerodynamic setup. We have also tested very much on this track in the last few weeks."
With three out of three wins for Schumacher and a lead of 29 points in the constructors' standings, Ferrari has good reason to be confident at Imola. "I think we can approach this weekend in a positive frame of mind for the reasons already mentioned, and not only for the good start to the season we have had," Schumacher concluded. "We will do all we can not to break the series of victories; on this there is no doubt!"