Michael Schumacher Q&A

After allowing Rubens Barrichello take a couple of victories and letting another slip at Indianapolis, we can expect Michael Schumacher to return to normal business in Suzuka. As at Spa, his record in Japan is phenomenal and it's perhaps significant that he didn't let this year's Belgian GP slip into his team-mate's hands. The world champion revealed his thoughts on the eve of the race

Michael Schumacher Q&A



"It's one of my most favourite circuits. The challenge of the corners, the design of the circuit - it's something very special that I enjoy driving on. It requires a lot of set-up optimisation as well driving skill. Together you can then achieve an optimum. Last year we did a very good job, so I look forward to maybe achieving it again."



"It has been in the other races before, and it's still ongoing, because I love the sport."



"You have different levels of excitement, but this is about life. I definitely do enjoy races I have had after the championship victories, like in Spa, so I look forward to another one here."



"I don't think this, and honestly I didn't think it in '98 when Mika was winning a lot of races too. It's part of the game, and it's up to the others to keep up and improve their game. It's not our fault, honestly. Although we had a fantastic year, I don't see this happening again. It's a big challenge for the others to do what we are doing and to beat us, which makes again the sport interesting."



"I'm not here to make it interesting, I'm here to win. If the race then becomes interesting out of the consequences of me winning, I'm happy. I think Suzuka is a circuit which requires a lot of driving skill. We have a lot of drivers involved who have driving skill. I feel that, although we have a good opportunity, it's going to be tough."



"We're doing it, and so do the others, and therefore it's impossible to say that we are ahead at all."



"I was happy. I think rarely it has happened to have two cars so close in the final moment over the line. As I said in Indianapolis I was happy for Rubens, because after Austria I felt I had to give back something, and that's what comes."



"In life you cannot expect that everyone understands exactly what you are doing. You have to see a whole season, which I do. Maybe some of the fans don't do this. But we have a lot of support for our actions in Indianapolis. It depends which people you want to talk about, the people who think positively about what we have done, and the people who think negatively. I prefer to talk about the people who think positive about that."



"Maybe there was. But I think the point is if we are happy with the result, and I think we expressed very clearly that we were happy, and I specifically was happy with the result, and that's all that counts."



"Definitely there is. I said already in Indianapolis, and I didn't want to be too proud before and say I'm going to win and let Rubens by, because Rubens was very strong over the weekend. In the race only then I had the thought of doing what basically happened. Here we are completely open, Rubens has received his championship, I have given back what I received from him in Austria, and we can just look at the event and go flat out - like last year."



"So did I get from him."



"That's why I'm here now, to increase the number."

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