Michael: I've no problem if Ralf swerves...

Michael Schumacher says he would have no regrets if his little brother Ralf swerves across his bows at the start of Sunday's French Grand Prix

Michael: I've no problem if Ralf swerves...

If needs must, Ralf has promised to dish out a return helping of the ruthless racing that has made the reigning world champion famous.

The duo line up on the front row for the third race in succession - but this time, Ralf is on pole and ahead of Michael for the first time in his five-year career.

The world champion German who started on pole last year has won this race four times in the last seven years. But he will have to get the better of a potential start-line squeezing match if he is to win the race a fifth time.

Asked how he would react if he was blocked the same way by his brother, Schumacher told Autosport.com: "Obviously I would not be excited about it. But that's the way it goes in racing. I have no problems with that.

"It has happened to me in the past and I've done it to other drivers. It is just a part of racing."

Despite losing out, the world champion congratulated his younger brother on taking his first pole on his 26th birthday.

"It was a good way to celebrate his birthday," he said. "Bridgestone brought another tyre here and the conditions were better for this tyre. There was no real traffic, just on my third run which could have been fastest. But that's the way it goes."

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