Michael Schumacher Q&A

Spa has been a happy hunting ground for Michael Schumacher since his debut with Jordan back in 1991. He scored his first F1 win in Belgium a year later and his tally now stands at five, not counting one disqualification and other near misses. This weekend could be the perfect opportunity for him to finally break the record of nine wins in a season, and notch up Ferrari's 50th consecutive podium in the process. One can only imagine that he won't be feeling as charitable towards his team mate's runner-up aspirations as he was in Hungary, although he continues to insist that he could not have found a way past Rubens there

Michael Schumacher Q&A



"What do I remember? The reason I did win this race was because of my team-mate, Martin Brundle. After I made a mistake before Stavelot he overtook me, and I saw his tyres, which were in bad shape, and I decided to come in. And that was sort of the reason for my victory. It gave me important time on the circuit with the right tyres to build up a lead, and therefore I was able to win this race in the end. This is the main memory I have. It was one of the best days I ever had, starting for a very good future, which obviously nobody could have expected at all."



"It's certainly a love story because I love this circuit. It's one of the best we have around. Suzuka and Spa for me are the two ultimate circuits."



"It's not pleasant when you know you can go faster to stay behind, but you have to be honest. If Rubens had been Montoya, I wouldn't have had any chance to overtake him. I was probably faster, but not fast enough to overtake on the circuit like Hungary. So what can I do? He got the pole position. He was in front, and I didn't have a chance. On the other side he supported me in things like Zeltweg, so it's natural that I can give back something. I'm pretty happy with that. I've taken my step, I've clinched the championship, he took an important victory for his championship position. I'm reasonably calm and relaxed about it. Anyway, I wouldn't have had the chance to overtake on the circuit at all."



"For the past two or three years there's been a discussion like this, that it's the last one, but we're still here. So I hope it remains like that. What I think is there have been solutions found in the past, and I hope they find solutions in the future."



"If you had been Michael Schumacher, and you had been behind Rubens in Hungary, where would you have overtaken?"



"That's a fair question. Wait and see. I hope so, yes. It depends on the circumstances. I will try."



"Good question! It was the same at Hockenheim, although I didn't win so often in Hockenheim, and there was a reason for this. It's a good question. I don't know why... I'll try this year!"



"Probably the only risk in my view could be Minardi, but honestly I've seen reasonable performance from them on certain circuits, so I'm not worried too much in this respect."

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