Schumacher expects close fight at Indy

Michael Schumacher refuses to believe that the Indianapolis road course, scene of this weekend's US Grand Prix, will favour the Williams-BMW of chief title rival Juan Pablo Montoya, but is expecting an intense battle for the race and the championship

Schumacher expects close fight at Indy

The Ferrari ace spent three days testing at Jerez last week, working on the set-up for Indy's winding in-field section. At the same time, test driver Felipe Massa was in action at Monza, preparing for the long run down the US venues front straight, the longest full-throttle section in F1.

"We were able to carry out our programme without any problems," said Schumacher. "We are geared up for Indianapolis: a lot of people say that it is a track that is more adapted to BMW-Williams but we can't say that we agree. The same thing was said about Monza but, after a tough fight, we won out."

Schumacher and Montoya were locked in a close battle for virtually the entire distance of the Italian GP, and the German is expecting more of the same at Indy.

"Every tiny error can have serious consequences," he said. "Whoever is able to exploit the resources during the weekend will come out on top. The competition is so tight that crossing the line first could depend on each day's results. It is a great challenge that we take on without fear and the other teams will do the same.

"The success at Monza has motivated us even more, but we know we are in a battle and we will not make the mistake of resting on or laurels. We are very well prepared and will show our fighting spirit again at Indianapolis."

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