This coming weekend's German Grand Prix is a home event for Michael Schumacher and he and Ferrari are on a charge for the victory and ultimately for the title. There's 17 points between Schumacher and championship leader Fernando Alonso but the...
This coming weekend's German Grand Prix is a home event for Michael Schumacher and he and Ferrari are on a charge for the victory and ultimately for the title. There's 17 points between Schumacher and championship leader Fernando Alonso but the gap has steadily been coming down, and with seven races to go it could become a real battle.
There's still a lot of work for Ferrari to do but the title is firmly in Schumacher's sights. "I don't think that I have to state how charged up we are," he stated. "I believe that it is clear for all to see. I can sense the same thing from the team. Our competitive spirit has been reawakened and we want the title."
Popular opinion is split on which of Alonso and Schumacher is likely to hoist the championship crown this season. Some think there's every chance the German can not only catch but overtake the reigning champion, while others believe Alonso's lead is already too big for Schumacher to make up the ground.
"Things can change quickly in Formula One and this means that even a big lead can suddenly vanish," Schumacher pointed out. "We are all focused on our objective: to put pressure on our adversaries, make up ground and win again. If we can do this, things can change. Perhaps we can also reopen the title race and make the championship interesting again."
Certainly Ferrari has been strong in the recent races but Renault is not slacking either. Switching Alonso to a two-stop strategy in France meant the Spaniard snatched second and prevented another Ferrari one-two. Obviously Schumacher hopes for, and expects, another good result in Germany but he knows that it's not straightforward.
"We are working well," he commented. "We should do well at Hockenheim even though we have seen that performances can vary greatly depending on the details. We can only be sure of one thing: we will be giving our all. We want to leave Hockenheim as winners."
Meanwhile, there's also the matter of the constructors' title. Felipe Massa's strong supporting drives have seen him on the podium in the last two events and Ferrari is now only 21 points behind Renault. It's looking entirely possible that we could see a battle for both championships go right down to the last race.