Although delighted with Ferrari's one-two finish in the season opener at Melbourne, Michael Schumacher has since said more than once that the Malaysian Grand Prix could be a different matter. The current champion is well aware that the results of...
Although delighted with Ferrari's one-two finish in the season opener at Melbourne, Michael Schumacher has since said more than once that the Malaysian Grand Prix could be a different matter. The current champion is well aware that the results of one race do not predict the outcome of the next, and admits that Sepang is not a track that the Scuderia is particularly keen on.
"In Formula 1 things can change very rapidly and we shouldn't forget that we have always done well in Australia," said Schumacher. "Malaysia, as well as being a very difficult race, is also unpredictable because of the climate. It isn't one of our favourite tracks."
"At Sepang we will be able to really understand what the set up of the car is like and whether we can challenge for victory. For us the season has opened well; things look promising. If, on the other hand, we get left behind in Malaysia then things will become more difficult."
"Malaysia, with its very high temperatures, will make it particularly difficult on the car and, above all, on the tyres. I have to say that if the tyres function perfectly in the high temperatures of Malaysia…well things would be looking decidedly interesting. We will find out soon enough!"
Aiming for his seventh world title, Schumacher is as enthusiastic and motivated as ever -- some have said the German is more fired up than he has been for a while. "This is so true and I couldn't even begin to explain it," he said. "I was very passionate about this first race!"
"During this winter my love for the sport and the desire to drive grew even more. Maybe its because I have the opportunity to drive a car like the F2004, one you can only be satisfied with, and long for Friday to come along so that you can put on the overalls and race again."