It's a little hard to judge Ferrari's performance so far this year, as the first three races were not without their problems for the team. Michael Schumacher was second in the season-opener in Bahrain but, after a grid demotion penalty, only...
It's a little hard to judge Ferrari's performance so far this year, as the first three races were not without their problems for the team. Michael Schumacher was second in the season-opener in Bahrain but, after a grid demotion penalty, only managed sixth in Malaysia, one place behind teammate Felipe Massa. In Australia both drivers crashed out.
Schumacher, however, is confident that Ferrari is more competitive than the results have shown so far and believes the start of the European season at Imola will also be the start of Ferrari's attack on the title. "We are certain that we are in better shape than may appear from the outside," he said.
"The potential is there; now we have to improve even more and be consistent. We are working towards this with our development programme. At Imola there will be many new features that we are testing at the moment. As we all know, Formula One can be a crazy world but we should try not to be caught up in it all!"
After testing at Vallelunga last week, Ferrari is currently with the majority of the other teams at Barcelona for more preparations for the San Marino GP and beyond. Over four days the Maranello squad has a programme of endurance runs, aerodynamic and new component testing and tyre work.
"We are full of hope," Schumacher commented. "Last week's tests went according to plan and this is always a good sign in our sport. Things are fine on the team: everyone is pulling in the right direction and we all want to win. The beginning of the European season should coincide with the start of our drive for the world title."
After his crash in Melbourne, where he went too wide onto the grass at the last turn and hit the wall, the German earned some criticism for pushing too hard and taking too many risks. Schumacher shrugged it off and had a little dig in return at quoted 'sources' who claim to know what he feels.
"I note with some amusement that my so-called 'sources' know exactly how I feel on a day-to-day basis!" He remarked. "This is ridiculous! I will continue doing what I do as I have always done, with great enthusiasm, a will to win and I will enjoy it. This is a sport and we have to attack and take risks if you want to win."
Recently the rumours regarding Kimi Raikkonen having signed a contract with Ferrari for 2007 resurfaced, along with speculation about Schumacher's plans for the future. Schumacher didn't want to comment on the rumours and once again stated that he did not wish to make a public discussion of his own decisions.
"These questions don't, as a rule, bother me," he said. "In fact, there is some basis for them. Aside from saying that I will decide over summer, I can do no more. I will certainly not change my mind just because the same question is always asked of me. I can only say that I would like to take all the time necessary to decide and to fully think about things."