After Michael Schumacher won his home race at the NÃ¼rburgring it was the turn of Fernando Alonso to do likewise at Barcelona. The Spanish crowds were delighted but obviously it was not a result that made Schumacher feel the same way. Ferrari had...
After Michael Schumacher won his home race at the N?rburgring it was the turn of Fernando Alonso to do likewise at Barcelona. The Spanish crowds were delighted but obviously it was not a result that made Schumacher feel the same way. Ferrari had been confident going into the race and Renault less so but the French squad came out on top.
In the European GP Schumacher snatched the lead from Alonso in the pit stops and, with Alonso on pole and the German third on the grid, many thought the same thing would happen in Spain. But it didn't; Schumacher had to settle for second and Ferrari was left feeling disappointed not to have gained the advantage.
"I could accept Sunday's result though I did expect more from this race," Schumacher conceded. "But once again, this is sport and sometimes things go differently to the way you think. This is the usual way of things; this is the great thing about the battle."
Ferrari was undoubtedly strong at Barcelona and the team cannot pinpoint exactly why Renault got the upper hand when the conditions and strategy were so similar to the N?rburgring, where it worked in the Scuderia's favour. Tyres, perhaps, or track temperature were suggested by team boss Jean Todt but there's no definite answer.
Currently it seems that the fight for the championship will be conducted between Ferrari and Renault, as the other teams are lagging behind, but, as always, it's too soon to be counting anyone out. "Many have said that the title race is between myself and Alonso but I do not want to discuss it," Schumacher stated.
"It is too early to make predictions. Things change very quickly in F1 and so I am cautious. Ultimately, this debate is secondary. The important thing is that we perform well in each race. As we saw at Barcelona, the details can affect the outcome."
Europe and Spain were just a week apart so there was no time for testing, but now preparations for Monaco get under way. "We have already seen how crucial constant improvement is," said Schumacher, who will be on the test track this week. "Now we will work tirelessly on the latest data. We are in the title race and we will certainly not be giving in."