Schumacher in optimistic mood

Schumacher in optimistic mood

Michael Schumacher is heading to Silverstone for the British Grand Prix in an optimistic mood after Ferrari's rigorous test session last week. The team also had three days testing at the English circuit in June and Schumacher was on-track each day.

Michael Schumacher is heading to Silverstone for the British Grand Prix in an optimistic mood after Ferrari's rigorous test session last week. The team also had three days testing at the English circuit in June and Schumacher was on-track each day. After a busy few weeks, the reigning champion is confident for this weekend's race.

Michael Schumacher.
Photo by Mark Gledhill.
"After an encouraging test session at the English track, I am sure that we will be very competitive at Silverstone," he said. "We will have a few new parts on the car and that means we can be optimistic about the British Grand Prix. You need a well balanced car on this track, even more so than at the Nurburgring. Every aspect of the set-up has to be perfect and getting it right is a real challenge."

"Obviously, one cannot underestimate the strengths of the BMW-Williams at the moment, but in my opinion, the potential of the teams this season depends a lot on the characteristics of each particular circuit. The last few races did not go the way we wanted, but I am sure we will be soon be back on tracks which suit us. We hope Silverstone is one of these! The overall mood is positive and we have some new parts at our disposal."

Although the British GP has had a turbulent few years and its future is uncertain, Schumacher, as many other drivers, likes the track and appreciates its historical value.

"I like Silverstone as the track is interesting and it is always good to go and race there," he commented. "In my opinion, the key parts of the track are Becketts corner and the slow section after Bridge, which is difficult to get right. The circuit has a long tradition in Formula One and that adds to its appeal. I go to Silverstone in optimistic mood, because we are well prepared for all eventualities."

As for the rest of the year, Michael is sure there will be more of the same close fought battles, which he is ready for: "I am looking forward to the next part of the season. Given how closely fought the first races have been, I think we can expect even more exciting moments."

"We are leading both championships and I am optimistic, because things are not as serious as outsiders think. I like this situation, which is definitely different to last year, but our dominance then was the exception. This year we face a different challenge, but we knew we would and we tackle it willingly."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Michael Schumacher
Teams Ferrari , Williams