Michael Schumacher Q&A

This weekend Michael Schumacher has the chance to equal Alain Prost's record of 51 career wins, which means that he can beat it by winning at home in Hockenheim in two weeks' time. And if David Coulthard has a bad time in those two races, Michael could also wrap up the championship in Germany. But he's not quite ready to count his chickens, and in any case the statistics seem to be of little real interest to him at the moment.

Michael Schumacher Q&A



"Certainly I don't think so. The championship isn't over until it's mathematically over. Even though we are in a comfortable position, it's very clear to us that there are 70 points to go, and I'm 31 points ahead. So it's easy to calculate."



"Honestly, we're driving instinctively, as I have always done. So if I have a choice to win the race then I will take the choice. This is pretty easy. I could have thought that way already in Magny-Cours, when I was 24 points ahead. If you look at my start there's no sign of backing off for a moment. In the same situation I would do the same thing."



"If I'm in a better position then no, if I'm in the wrong position then I would back off, as I would do normally, despite what position I am in the championship."



"No. As I said before, the priority of statistics is secondary. To come to a race and try and win it, it's exciting enough in itself. Then thinking ahead to the championship, that is to some degree more exciting than to win the 51st Grand Prix. In this respect I don't feel more excited for this particular fact. I always tend to think about things when they are done, not before that. Then maybe my feeling will change, but right now, that's the way I feel."



"Again, it's the same thing. I haven't done it yet, so I can't tell you what will be my feelings about it. It will, for sure, be a special moment, but maybe not in the way that certain people like to think."



"It's a very theoretical situation, and I'm not into that, honestly. I'd rather be a little bit more realistic, and Coulthard twice retiring? I don't think that will happen. And on the other side, that I would win the two races is not necessarily the case, so we will take it as it comes. There is no reason to make statements about 'ifs' because we have too many ifs in F1. I would rather talk about realistic situations and truths."



"I might think about it, yes, but not in the way you'd like to hear now. As I say again, it's second priority. I would certainly be very proud of whatever [I achieve]. I'm very proud of what I have achieved so far, to be honest, but I'm still motivated to achieve more, and that's what I'm looking for. I'm looking forward to try and win as many races as I can, and whatever will be at the end of the story, I will look back to."



"He's Scottish isn't he? I thought he was Scottish... For sure I know about how many fans I have here, because every Sunday we go round on the parade lap and see how many supporters we have. It can be as bad as some people might think about it, or want to believe. On the other side there is obviously always some kind of fight going on between the English media and the German media, so that's sometimes interesting to hear about. But when you race you just concentrate on your job and not what is done outside, because honestly there is very little chance to influence that."



"Keep on fighting! Because everybody is very entertained by the fight my brother and myself have, and we too are the same way, so there's no reason to change anything. Just keep on going."



"They know we do..."



"That's a good point. Honestly, my father is always close to it, for Ralf and myself, whatever race is happening. I don't think that the heart can go any higher anyway. It's higher than ours, apparently. One day he was sitting in front of the monitor and it was about 170 heart rate, and it wasn't a race where we fighting! On the other side I told him to go away and don't watch it, and he said, 'No, no, I can't do that either...'"

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