After the three week summer break Formula One returns to action at this weekend's inaugural Turkish Grand Prix and Michael Schumacher is ready to go back to work. While F1 was on holiday the Ferrari man still couldn't stay away from engines, ...
After the three week summer break Formula One returns to action at this weekend's inaugural Turkish Grand Prix and Michael Schumacher is ready to go back to work. While F1 was on holiday the Ferrari man still couldn't stay away from engines, although this time on two wheels instead of four on a bike trip through Norway.
"The trip by motorbike across Norway with a couple of friends was fantastic," Schumacher said. "The countryside and scenery were unique. A Norwegian friend showed us some amazing places. It was not my first summer in Norway but this was really a unique experience. In Norway we had the best days of the last two weeks."
Now the reigning champion is eager to be back in competition. "After the break there is even more impatience to get back on the track," he commented. "This short break was perhaps necessary for some people but, if I had the choice, I wouldn't have taken it. I am pleased to be getting going again."
Like Bahrain and China were last year, Istanbul is a new circuit for the drivers to learn. The Herman Tilke designed track is a challenge for all concerned and although Schumacher has yet to have a proper look, he's confident it will present no problems.
"I think I can adapt very well to the new track," he said. "I have not had the chance to take a good look at the circuit yet but I think that it is a mixed one with long, fast curves. It seems an interesting one. We will see how things go."
Heading into the final third of the 2006 season, Schumacher has a difficult task ahead of him if he is to retain the title and bring his tally of championships to eight. With six races remaining Michael is 32 points behind Renault's leader Fernando Alonso and Ferrari is 23 points behind Renault in the constructors' standings.