Michael Schumacher arrived at the International Motor Speedway at one in the afternoon. Having said hello to the team the world champion got on with the usual business of technical meetings with the engineers. The only change to the usual...
Michael Schumacher arrived at the International Motor Speedway at one in the afternoon. Having said hello to the team the world champion got on with the usual business of technical meetings with the engineers. The only change to the usual programme was a photocall along with Rubens Barrichello in front of the Ferrari garage with three Maseratis: a Spyder, a Trofeo and the 8CTF, the single seater with which Wilbur Shaw twice won the Indianapolis 500 in 1939 and 1940.
Second place in the Drivers' classification is now more firmly within reach for Rubens Barrichello after the Italian Grand Prix and Michael was asked if this might see him and Ferrari tackling this race in a different way. "Our main aim is to help Rubens to finish second in the championship," replied Michael. "Of course, after the result in Monza things have changed a bit, given that Rubens now has a comfortable lead over his rivals. I think therefore that in the race we will have some fun."
Michael was also asked if he had anything to say about the fact that both Sauber drivers in this race come from the same city of Moechengladbach. "It's an interesting situation and also a positive one. I don't expect it to turn into a local derby match! Having two drivers who both speak the same language could help the team."
Given that he has won ten races, scored a record number of points and taken his fifth title with six races to spare, did Michael think this was a dream season? "It is hard to find the words to describe my feelings. There have some really special moments, like at Magny-Cours and Spa. I can say that this year has seen us in an almost perfect situation. Do I sometimes wonder if it will all still be true when I wake up in the morning? Yes, sometimes I think I need to pinch myself as was the case on Monday morning in Magny-Cours when I think I had probably drunk a little bit too much!"