Determined Schumacher Wants More Wins

World Champion Michael Schumacher will remain focused and try to win as many races as possible in the remaining part of the season, despite having clinched his fifth world title in a record time this year.

Determined Schumacher Wants More Wins

World Champion Michael Schumacher will remain focused and try to win as many races as possible in the remaining part of the season, despite having clinched his fifth world title in a record time this year.

"Winning the Championship has not really changed my approach to the rest of the season," said Schumacher ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix. "I am looking forward to the remaining races and will be driving as fast as I can. My target has not changed and that is to win as many races as I can."

Ferrari driver Schumacher has scored a record-equalling nine victories in 12 races so far this year, and he could become the first driver to win ten races in a single season if he can finish first in one of the five remaining Grands Prix.

The German, however, has promised to help his unlucky teammate Rubens Barrichello finish second in the Championship. The Brazilian, who has been hit by problems in the last three races, is currently in fourth position behind Williams drivers Juan Pablo Montoya and Ralf Schumacher.

"It is true that Rubens has had some bad luck, but maybe it means that period is over now," Schumacher added. "We know that generally our car is reliable, so there is no obvious explanation as to why Rubens has had the problems but not me. We know our car performs very well and he is only a few points behind second place.

"With five races to go, everything is possible as long as we put the right package together with the car and tyres. I will help him if I can."

Schumacher, who has had hardly no opposition this season on his way to a historic fifth crown, revealed that his image of Colombian Montoya has changed since last year, and after a 2001 season full of wars of words between the two, the Ferrari driver admits they are now getting along much better.

"My impression of Juan Pablo now is completely different to the one I had last year," he said. "Even before he came into F1, there was so much talk about him, that it was hard to know what to think. But now, I know him much better: I know the man behind the image and I have to say I get on with him fine now."

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