Schuey not sure of new format

Japanese Grand Prix winner Michael Schumacher believes Formula 1 should not seriously consider moving qualifying and the race to the same day - despite the huge excitement it caused at Suzuka on Sunday

Schuey not sure of new format

The threat of a typhoon hitting the venue forced race organisers to close the track on Saturday and meant teams had to cope with qualifying and the race on Sunday for the first time in F1 history.

It prompted a mixed up grid, which was exacerbated by mixed weather conditions for qualifying, and some great racing through the field in the grand prix itself.

And although Schumacher and Ferrari got it completely right - storming to one of their most dominant victories of the year - the world champion still prefers the old format.

"I think this day will go down in F1 history," he said. "I am sure some people will think whether we should continue to do it, and I have to say it was exciting. But I prefer the old style."

Speaking about his victory, his 13th win of the season, Schumacher said he was optimistic about his chances after taking pole position in the morning but became concerned when brother Ralf Schumacher put him under pressure in the opening stages of the race.

"After getting pole I was confident I could do it well, but I had Ralf in my mirrors for quite a while and the gap was not increasing as I was expecting," he said. "But luckily after a while it was clear how the race would go."

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