Schumacher likes a fight

Michael Schumacher has learnt a lot during his long career, especially the importance of looking ahead after problematic races. Thinking positively and facing problems has been the modus operandi for the five times Formula 1 world champion. In the...

Michael Schumacher has learnt a lot during his long career, especially the importance of looking ahead after problematic races. Thinking positively and facing problems has been the modus operandi for the five times Formula 1 world champion. In the German Grand Prix, Michael's race turned sour a few laps from the flag when debris caused a puncture. Even in this situation, he has managed to turn disappointment into constructive criticism.

Michael Schumacher.
Photo by Mark Gledhill.
Late on Sunday night, spent with his family and friends, he commented: "there are always two sides to every story and I prefer to look at the positive one. We are still leading both championships although I have to admit the situation is getting even tighter. It's true that I lost six points, as I could have picked up eight for second place, but I prefer to think that I picked up two, especially as I could have ended up with nothing because of the puncture."

"The same goes for the title fight which is very exciting in a season which has been action packed. It simply makes the championship a bigger challenge. As I have said several times before, I never expected anything else. We are ready for this and happy to take on the challenge. There are only a few points between us with four races to go, so the battle is very open. Some of the coming circuits might be difficult, but there will also be some which suit us, so we will fight on! We like a fight."

At the moment, there is not much that can be done in terms of developing the F2003-GA, because of the testing ban which runs to the end of August. "That's not a problem, as the situation is the same for everyone," commented Michael. "But this season is different to last as the pecking order changes to a certain extent depending on the circuit. So we have to make the most of the opportunities which present themselves."

Along with most of the F1 world, Michael will enjoy a brief rest, spending time at home with Corinna and the children. "Given that the weather is so good in Europe at the moment, we plan to enjoy some time at home." But the training will continue. It was obvious in Hockenheim that the German was in fine form and one of the few not to suffer in the extremely hot weather during a difficult race.

While the result was not as good as expected, Michael was still happy to be back in Hockenheim. "The fans are always amazingly supportive and that is good for morale. Immediately after the race, I was very disappointed, but the crowd gave me such a warm reception and so, thanks to them, I immediately felt better."

-ferrari-

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