Schumacher confident for home race

Michael Schumacher is confident of challenging for victory in the European Grand Prix at the Nurburgring this weekend, although the world championship leader is once again expecting a tough challenge from Williams and McLaren

Schumacher confident for home race

The German passed Kimi Raikkonen to claim the lead in the world championship standings with victory in the Canadian Grand Prix, but Schumacher reckons that the performance of his Ferrari F2003-GA is most encouraging heading into the race at the Nurburgring, which is located close to his home town of Kerpen.

"Obviously, it is great but even more important is knowing that, with the F2003-GA, I have a car which is simply amazing, with a very good performance level. In general, it is a fantastic feeling coming to the Nurburgring, but it is even better knowing that I can expect to be fighting for the win.

However, Schumacher has once again predicted a long battle for the championship. "It seems that the pecking order varies from circuit to circuit, with the result depending each time on the track layout, and I think that trend will continue," he said. "We will continue to win races, but so will McLaren and Williams.

"I think it will be a tough fight for the title, which is likely to go down to the wire. The competition is close and there will be more changes in the order. However, I think it's natural that we have taken the lead in both classifications."

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