Michael Schumacher has praised the entire Ferrari team for its efforts at Monza and believes his win on the weekend answered the claims that Ferrari was in a crisis situation. Schumacher had to endure being lapped at the Hungarian Grand Prix,...
Michael Schumacher has praised the entire Ferrari team for its efforts at Monza and believes his win on the weekend answered the claims that Ferrari was in a crisis situation. Schumacher had to endure being lapped at the Hungarian Grand Prix, where he finished a lowly eighth, but thinks that performance was far from representative of Ferrari's form.
"It was really great to see all the hard work carried out in recent times pay off on the track and see the Scuderia return to its usual form. Our form should not be judged on our performance in Hungary, a race where everything went wrong and did not reflect our true potential."
It was a special victory for the crowds of Tifosi at Monza too, and Schumacher appreciates their enthusiasm: "Crossing the finishing line was probably one of the greatest moments of my career and then being on the podium was fabulous. It felt as though I was right in the middle of the fans. Then when I sprayed the crowd with champagne I could feel their enthusiasm as if they were touching me with it!"
For now, though, it's back to work for Schumacher as Ferrari begins a week of testing in preparation for the final two races of the season. The German is three points ahead of nearest rival Juan Pablo Montoya and Ferrari four points behind leaders Williams in the Contrusters' standings: there's still a lot to do.
"This win was very important for the championship," said Schumacher. "We had a very thorough and detailed briefing after the race and we went through every little detail to be as well prepared as possible for the next Grand Prix. Now we are going testing to improve still further."
"We need to evaluate every possible variable in the race for the title, because the fight will still be a tough one. (At Monza), we took the first step and now we have to think about the next ones. In Indianapolis and Suzuka, our team will definitely be equally motivated and back to its usual strengths. We like to fight and now we will concentrate on the next race."