After the Spanish Grand Prix it would be easy to think that Michael Schumacher's run of world championship titles may be over. The German retired from the race with tyre problems, while Renault's Fernando Alonso, the current championship leader,...
After the Spanish Grand Prix it would be easy to think that Michael Schumacher's run of world championship titles may be over. The German retired from the race with tyre problems, while Renault's Fernando Alonso, the current championship leader, went on to take second place.
The gap between Alonso and Schumacher is now a weighty 34 points in the Spaniard's favour, which is a hard task for Michael to surmount. But the German is by no means conceding defeat just yet. "Those who consider us to be out of the running do not know us," he stated.
"Of course it wasn't the greatest result in the race for the title; that is clear enough. Despite this, the season's opening races have proved just how much can change during a single weekend and how quickly they can change."
"So, I'll say it once more: the season is a long one and lots could still happen. Obviously the title challenge has got harder but all is not yet lost. We will go on working and battling. As I said (on Sunday) it is far from over."
It hasn't been a great start to the season for Ferrari, that much is obvious. Rubens Barrichello had a good race in Melbourne to finish second, and Schumacher did likewise at Imola. But the Maranello squad has suffered in qualifying and has been plagued by car and tyre failures.
Five races into the 2005 season, Ferrari is only fifth in the constructors' standings and already 40 points behind leaders Renault. However, it's never wise to write the reds off and Schumacher maintains his confidence.
He will be back behind the wheel this week testing and working towards solving the problems. "We will not be swayed by all the worry," he commented. "We will work calmly on our weak points and we will get back to being competitive as soon as we can."
Barcelona winner Kimi Raikkonen and Alonso are cautious about Ferrari despite its poor start to 2005. "You never know with Ferrari," Alonso said after the Spanish race and Raikkonen added: "It's hard to say, but like I've said many times: you never know what's going to happen in races."
Toyota's Jarno Trulli, who is maintaining his second place in the drivers' standings with a string of confident drives, said much the same in regard to Ferrari. "All I can say is that I've learned in Formula One that you can never rule anything or anyone out," the Italian commented.