Jet lag a distant memory for Schumacher

Michael Schumacher prepared for the race that could give him a record sixth world title with a few days holiday in the world's gambling capital, Las Vegas. The world champion quite clearly has no intention of falling into the media pressure trap

Jet lag a distant memory for Schumacher

Schumacher spent some time in Nevada with wife Corinna, took in a new Cirque du Soleil show and even got a chance to play the slot machines before heading down to Indianapolis.

"Gambling's not really my thing," he said, "but it was a nice way to spend a couple of days."

Schumacher enjoys coming to North America because F1 has such a low profile and he can move around relatively unmolested. "There were a few European guys on holiday who recognised me, but the Americans don't," the five-time champion said. "Not even when I checked into my hotel at Indy, which was nice."

Many are beginning to speculate on what a sixth title would mean to Schumacher and whether, if he achieved it, he would have the motivation to carry on just as focused in a sport he has now dominated for almost a decade.

"To be honest I'm still thinking about that sixth title," he said, "because it will be a difficult one to achieve. For me, winning the title in 2000, with Ferrari, was the main target. Everything since that has been a pleasure. And if there is more enjoyment to come, that will be great."

He did not sound like a man preparing to make a surprise retirement, as has been suggested, if he wins a sixth title. Earlier this year, of course, Schumacher extended his Ferrari contract to the end of 2006.

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