There is a lot of anticipation in the build up to this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix and Michael Schumacher believes the race will be a close fought battle. Local hero Fernando Alonso is leading the drivers' championship as he heads for his home...
There is a lot of anticipation in the build up to this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix and Michael Schumacher believes the race will be a close fought battle. Local hero Fernando Alonso is leading the drivers' championship as he heads for his home race and is hoping for his fourth consecutive win of the season. Schumacher, amongst others, is aiming to stop that happening.
Ferrari's reigning champion bounced back with a vengeance at Imola after the team's difficult start to the season and harassed Alonso's Renault all the way to the finish line. Schumacher had to settle for second but the Scuderia's return to form was encouraging for the German.
"The Grand Prix of San Marino was just what the doctor ordered for all of us," he said. "Of course we had seen that we're heading in the right direction before at Bahrain, but Imola showed that we're capable of winning again."
"That gave us hope and encouragement for the next leg of the season, and has pushed our motivation even further. We managed to keep our spirits up even during the messed up start of this year's season, and our performance at Imola proved that we were right in doing so."
Alonso's performance in the San Marino GP earned high praise for his cool-headedness under pressure, and Renault has undoubtedly been the benchmark so far this season. Schumacher knows that the Spaniard is one of the favourites to win at Barcelona.
"Fernando is still the first driver that has to be mentioned in this context, because his performance at Imola was highly impressive, he has already won three races and he is still leading the championship by far," he remarked. "And that makes him a hot contender for winning the race."
However, others will be equally determined, including Ferrari. "But I also think that McLaren-Mercedes and BAR will be strong," Schumacher added. "I think that Barcelona will be a close race, and of course I'm convinced that we'll also have some say in who wins it."