Schumacher looking forward to fight

Michael Schumacher is looking forward to a good fight next season and expects competitors to have closed the gap to Ferrari. The German won his fifth world championship title in 2002, a year that was simply a walkover for Ferrari, who finished the...

Michael Schumacher is looking forward to a good fight next season and expects competitors to have closed the gap to Ferrari. The German won his fifth world championship title in 2002, a year that was simply a walkover for Ferrari, who finished the season with more points than the rest of the teams put together. Schumacher thinks next year will not be so easy.

"I knew in Suzuka that this was the last race of a marvellous season, which we certainly won't see the likes of again," he told the BBC. "You simply can't repeat that, it was a one-off. Next season, our main competitors McLaren-Mercedes and BMW-Williams will certainly have caught up, and there'll be some exciting fights between the three of us. I'm looking forward to it!"

The new points system introduced by the FIA for next year should make things in the championship fight much closer. Schumacher will no doubt be looking for title number six but should he win it, it's unlikely to be by such a big margin as he did this year. Many are interested to see what difference the new qualifying sessions will bring although Schumacher, who is well known for his ability to set a pole time with one flying lap, is unlikely to be troubled by the changes.

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series Formula 1
Drivers Michael Schumacher
Teams Ferrari , Mercedes , McLaren , Williams