Schumacher enjoying himself at Suzuka

Allan McNish's accident at the 130R corner during qualifying was the main talking point here today. Michael Schumacher has always taken a great deal of interest in F1 safety matters and had this to say about the incident: "It was a real shock to...

Allan McNish's accident at the 130R corner during qualifying was the main talking point here today. Michael Schumacher has always taken a great deal of interest in F1 safety matters and had this to say about the incident: "It was a real shock to see the crash and I was very relieved when I knew that Allan was okay. For sure, there is a bit of risk at this corner, but they have done as much as they can to make it as safe as they can. There are other corners on the F1 calendar that are more dangerous."

Michael Schumacher.
Photo by Brousseau Photo.
Even though he already had pole, Michael went out for a final attempt improving his time still further. "It was an almost perfect lap,"admitted the German. Certainly there was very little room for improvement." Given his dominance of the weekend so far, the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro driver admitted to the press that he was confident the team would have a very strong race. "But all the same, we must wait and see what the weather brings tomorrow," continued the world champion. "If it is hotter, we know that the cars running the other brand of tyre could be more competitive. But Bridgestone has brought some good new tyres here and so I can be confident. I would like to give them a nice present on what is their one hundredth F1 race."

Apart from Bridgestone's hundredth, it would also have been Ross Brawn's "century" with Ferrari. Unfortunately, recurring back trouble has kept him in Europe. "Of course we miss him," said Michael. "But even though he is in great pain, he is getting up in what is the middle of the night for him, to help us via the phone and radio links. It is yet another great example of the total commitment of everyone in our team. Although we miss him, it is more on a human level, because the team we have working here and "Baldo" (Luca Baldisserri) who is replacing Ross here are all very capable of doing a great job."

Schumacher has been relaxed and smiling all weekend and ended his comments to the press by admitting he is having a great time at Suzuka. "Driving the F2002 round this fantastic track is really great fun. I am enjoying myself very much, just as I did here twelve months ago in the F2001," he concluded.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Michael Schumacher , Allan McNish , Ross Brawn , Luca Baldisserri
Teams Ferrari