Schuey: Tyre rules won't make difference

Ferrari star Michael Schumacher has said that he doubts the re-interpretation of Formula 1's front-tyre regulations will make much difference in the battle for this year's world championship

Schuey: Tyre rules won't make difference

The German, speaking after setting the fastest time in testing at Monza today (Thursday), also said that he is happy with his car heading into next weekend's pivotal Italian Grand Prix, and is anticipating fightback against the resurgent Williams team.

When asked about the reinterpretation of the tyre regulations Schumacher told autosport.com: "I don't think it will make that much difference. The end result will not be that upside down from how it is now. It is a very confusing situation and lots of unqualified and qualified people are saying lots of things about how wide or narrow the tyres are."

Schumacher also expressed doubts that the sport's governing body, the FIA, would alter the results of previous races, following comments from Ferrari technical boss Roass Brawn that the team could appeal results from earlier this year.

"I don't think the FIA are going to do anything about what's happened in the past, but they will do something about the future," he said. "I think they [teams running Michelin tyres] will comply with the regulations."

During today's test, Schumacher concentrated on finalising his set-up and aerodynamic package for the Italian GP, and is hopeful Ferrari can put in a strong showing.

"Today we have been the quickest, so I think that we might have a very good package. I am reasonably confident for next weekend. We couldn't quite get it right in Hockenheim and Hungary, so we need to get it right at Monza.

"I hope we can keep Williams and McLaren behind us in the next race. It is very difficult to characterise who's going to be good in the next few races, but I hope we have done enough to stay ahead."

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