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Indy no turning point, says Schumacher

Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher believes his dominant win at the United States Grand Prix will not be the turning point of his season.

Schumacher scored his third win of the year at Indianapolis in dominant fashion as Ferrari secured their first one-two of 2006 thanks to Brazilian Felipe Massa finishing in second.

For the first time this season, the Renault drivers were unable to fight for victory, with Giancarlo Fisichella coming home a distant third, two places ahead of championship leader Fernando Alonso.

Ferrari's dominant form, however, has been attributed to the nature of the track as well as Bridgestone holding the upper hand on rivals Michelin at the circuit.

And Schumacher has insisted their US form is not representative of the true championship picture.

"I would not put it that way," Schumacher said when asked if Indianapolis had been a turning point in the season. "But we got good work out of the weekend as the difference (to rivals) was big.

"I am not quite sure if that was representative of all the races from now on, but I believe we have made a step forward, and we are confident in our car, and mainly in Bridgestone, which is the most important thing." 

Schumacher's win allowed him to close the gap to Alonso, and the German believes the title is still possible as long as he continues to win.

"It was 25 points and now it is 19. If we keep winning like we did in Indianapolis then it will be okay," Schumacher told reporters during a break in testing at Jerez.

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