Michael Schumacher claimed an amazing fifth consecutive world championship with Ferrari at Spa-Francorchamps and said the victories belonged to the whole team. It is title number seven over all for the German and he and the Scuderia celebrated ...
Michael Schumacher claimed an amazing fifth consecutive world championship with Ferrari at Spa-Francorchamps and said the victories belonged to the whole team. It is title number seven over all for the German and he and the Scuderia celebrated together after Schumacher came home second in the Belgian Grand Prix.
McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen took the victory, his and the team's first of the year, but Schumacher's second was one place ahead of teammate Rubens Barrichello, which was the result he needed to clinch the title.
"I still can't take it all in," said the champion. "What we managed to do (on Sunday) is the culmination of years of hard work, it was incredible. None of us would have ever imagined during the first difficult years our work that we would have reached this point."
"That's probably the most special thing about it: we worked so many long and hard hours sometimes with serious setbacks, that's why everyone at Ferrari should be extremely proud of our achievements."
At the previous race in Hungary, Ferrari took its sixth consecutive constructors' title and Schumacher paid tribute to his Maranello 'family', which he joined in 1996.
"Often, one can forget just how important the work of all the factory collaborators actually is," he said. "Whatever happens on track is just the tip of an iceberg which is based in Maranello, and that is thanks to enthusiastic, careful and intelligent men."
"Therefore, it isn't unusual that Ferrari hasn't had any technical problems for more than 50 races, and this also shows the spirit and soul of the team. I'm part of the Ferrari team, nothing more, I can consider myself part of this big family. The victories belong to all of us."
Reportedly Schumacher has called a press conference at Monza on Wednesday, during this week's testing session, which has the rumour mill once again speculating he may announce his retirement. It is perhaps an unusual move on Schumacher's behalf to call a conference but what it is in regard to we will have to wait and see.