Schumacher hopes to extend Malaysia 'tradition'

Schumacher hopes to extend Malaysia 'tradition'

Michael Schumacher is sure he has a good chance of winning the Malaysian Grand Prix and thinks that taking victory there is something of a tradition for him. Schumacher arrives in Malaysia on Wednesday and is ready to step on to the podium this ...

Michael Schumacher is sure he has a good chance of winning the Malaysian Grand Prix and thinks that taking victory there is something of a tradition for him. Schumacher arrives in Malaysia on Wednesday and is ready to step on to the podium this weekend to reassert his position after an unusual fourth place finish in Melbourne.

Michael Schumacher.
Photo by Ferrari Media Center.
The current champion has no doubts about continuing in the F2002 developed chassis rather than put the new F2003-GA into competition: "We have to look at the positive aspects which emerged in Melbourne," he said. "First of all, our "old" car is still absolutely competitive, both in terms of reliability and performance. We had hoped and thought it would be and events over the weekend proved it."

"Therefore, we need not have any concerns on that front for Malaysia, even if some people reckoned we could have already introduced the new car in Sepang. Within the team, this has never even been a subject for discussion. Furthermore, I feel it will be beneficial, for a race run in such extreme conditions, to use a car we know so well."

The German continued to tick off his points: "Secondly, it is clear that the battle with the competition is getting closer now and we can expect this to produce some great duels. Thirdly, the fact I came fourth means that I won't be the "course opening car" during Friday's qualifying in Sepang, as was the case in Melbourne!"

In the four years the race has been run, Schumacher has won at Sepang twice, in 2000 and 2001, brother Ralf beating him to it last year. Schumacher senior is ready to take the top step of the podium back: "Finally, I am convinced I have a good chance of winning in Malaysia," Michael concluded. "It has been something of a tradition there and I will be trying to extend it."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Michael Schumacher
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