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Ferrari Plan New Aero Package for Germany

Ferrari are planning to introduce a new aerodynamic package on their F2005 for Michael Schumacher's home Grand Prix at Hockenheim in two week's time in a bid to try and turn around their fortunes

Schumacher and teammate Rubens Barrichello were left unable to match the pace of McLaren, Renault and BAR during the British Grand Prix and it is hoped that the aero revamp will help keep the team's slim World Championship hopes alive.

Speaking during a sponsor day for Vodafone at Fiorano on Monday, Schumacher acknowledged that the showing at Silverstone was upsetting for him - especially because his Ferrari was so comprehensively outpaced by their rivals.

"That was disillusioning yesterday, but that's the situation we're in right now," said Schumacher. "We are unable to win races on our own strength, our laptimes get slower and slower over the course of a race.

"That's why we weren't really competitive during last race. We have to work on that, we will work on that. And then we're hoping to be able to turn the tide again, because all is not lost yet."

Although he is trying to keep a brave face on Ferrari's situation, Schumacher has admitted that the title itself is now a long way from his thoughts - and that the team have got bigger issues to worry about.

"The Championship title is not the next step right now," he added. "Right now, it's all about improving our race performance. In the last few races, I already said this yesterday, we've been developing in the wrong direction.

"We have to change that trend back to the other way. But of course the other teams are also continuing to work, and they are working on a very high level. That's why our situation is difficult at this time.

"But we've survived even more difficult moments in time in the last couple of years, and we'll survive this as well. None of us are new to this and we also accept the fact that our competitors are doing a better job than we are right now."

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