With only four races remaining this season and 12 points between Renault's championship leader Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher, the German is ready to go on the attack at this coming weekend's Italian Grand Prix. Schumacher knows that ...
With only four races remaining this season and 12 points between Renault's championship leader Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher, the German is ready to go on the attack at this coming weekend's Italian Grand Prix. Schumacher knows that catching Alonso will not be easy but, naturally, he hopes he and Ferrari can reclaim the titles.
"It is not impossible," he said of closing the gap to Alonso. "Our tactic can only be attack. We have to make up ground, put the pressure on and go for it. It is not the first time that we find ourselves in this situation and our experience should help us out."
"I think we still have a good chance of winning the title. Nothing has yet been decided and a lot can happen in the remaining four races. I think that we have good reason to be hopeful of our chances of taking both titles."
Monza, as well as being the last European event of the season, is Ferrari's home race and Schumacher acknowledges that it means a lot to him and the team. "Monza is always an important event for Ferrari and one rich in tradition. In the past, significant things have happened and it is clear that coming here is special."
This year Monza is in the spotlight even more than usual as Ferrari is due to announce its 2007 driver line up after the race. The big question is whether Schumacher will retire from F1, but for the moment the seven-time champion is not about to give any hints about his plans.
"I understand that the announcement arouses some interest," he said. "We have already made known that the declaration will be made after the race as we want to focus on what is an important date. I am in full agreement with this. I can only add that I will not discuss the subject until Sunday."
Speculation has been rife as to what exactly it is that Ferrari will announce this coming weekend. It's widely thought that McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen will join the Scuderia next year but, whether that happens or not, the main intrigue is if Schumacher intends to stay or go.
There are various possible outcomes: it could be a Schumacher/Raikkonen pairing for 2007, Schumacher/Felipe Massa or Raikkonen/Massa, or none of the above. Those three drivers have always been the main characters in this particular drama but we'll just have to wait and see.