Monday, July 18, 2005

Home hero SCHUMACHER puts on a brave 

Michael Schumacher says he is looking forward to racing in front of his home crowd at Hockenheim this weekend, even though he is unlikely to be in the hunt for victory. It is the first time in almost a decade that the seven times world champion has had to face the prospect of being comparatively uncompetitive in front of his adoring fans.

Ferrari have struggled for pace in recent races, with Schumacher finishing over a minute behind the winners in France and Britain. While he’s realistic about his chances of German Grand Prix glory, Schumacher is certainly not giving up just yet.
“Regardless of the circumstances, a race in Germany is always special,” he said.
“We’re not trying to hide the fact that we’re a little bit on the hunt for performance right now.
“But another thing we’re not hiding either is our team’s dedication and fighting spirit.”
Schumacher conceded that the past month has been a bad one for Ferrari, but he was confident that the team would soon be back amongst the frontrunners.
“We have in no means written ourselves off, even though we have to admit that the situation has worsened recently, rather than improved,” he said.
“But that doesn’t mean that it can’t be improved again, and that’s exactly what we’re working on.
“I travel to every race with my mind set on achieving the best possible result, and I go to every race aspiring to try everything that’s within our means.”
Even if he faces a battle to get onto the podium, Schumacher is guaranteed a fantastic reception from the thousands of German fans who will throng Hockenheim’s stadium section throughout the weekend.

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