Schumacher: 'I deserve to be leading'

New world championship leader Michael Schumacher has said he deserves to be in the number one spot because he has won more Formula 1 races than anyone else this year

Schumacher: 'I deserve to be leading'

The five-times world champion's victory in Canada on Sunday takes his tally to four for this season, yet he only leads one-time winner Kimi Raikkonen of McLaren by three points.

"Now we head both championships and in my opinion this is only right," said Schumacher. "I have won four races and Kimi [Raikkonen] only one. It seems quite odd that with these results only three points divide us. But this is the natural consequence of the new regulations that were introduced for precisely this reason. In any case, we are ahead and this really pleases me. It will be hard, but now we are in a good position to push for the title."

Schumacher, who is now on the verge of breaking the 1,000 point barrier, says he is enjoying this year's title fight more than ever.

He added: "Winning in these conditions is all the more satisfying because the race for the title becomes all the more predictable but at the same time, tighter. From what we have seen so far, the different surfaces have tended to favour one or other type of tyre. Saying this, it is hard to predict which circuits are suited to Bridgestone and which to Michelin, so every race becomes vital."

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