It was another difficult weekend for Ferrari at its home race at Monza and Michael Schumacher is not expecting a revival at Spa. With only a week between the two races there is scant time to make any notable step forward in performance. Schumacher...
It was another difficult weekend for Ferrari at its home race at Monza and Michael Schumacher is not expecting a revival at Spa. With only a week between the two races there is scant time to make any notable step forward in performance. Schumacher finished 10th at Monza after an off-track excursion towards the end and teammate Rubens Barrichello was 12th.
"It was not the outcome we were looking for," Schumacher said of the Italian race. "We have to work even harder to bridge the gap before the end of the season. We would like to score a win before the championship ends."
"I don't think that it will be possible to reverse the trend in such a short time," he added in regard to his expectations for Spa. "We are quite a long way off the pace at the moment. This does not mean we will not be trying our best though. No-one should be writing us off just yet. I am sure we will come back."
One thing that is now certain is that Schumacher's long-running reign as world champion will come to an end this year. The Monza result means he can no longer win the title, which leaves either Renault's Fernando Alonso or McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen to take the honours. After five successive years, Schumacher has to hand over his crown.
"It is not surprising that it has happened," said the seven-time champion. "What is more surprising is that so much time has gone by before it has come to pass. I would never have believed it would have been possible to win five straight titles but I knew from the beginning that the run would have ended sooner or later."
"At the moment, this is less important than the need to get back to our best. This, for me, was the decisive factor last weekend as our performance was very different from that which I would have liked to have put on for our fans."
Ferrari may not be expecting too much at Spa but the team has hopes for better performances in the last three races. After Belgium, F1 jets off to Brazil, Japan and China to close the 2005 season. "There is so much going on that I still feel the possibility of finishing much stronger at the end of the season," said team principal Jean Todt.