Schumacher Not Ready to Give Up

World Champion Michael Schumacher has said that he is not ready to give up on his title hopes this year, despite another disastrous outing for Ferrari in last weekend's Spanish Grand Prix

Schumacher Not Ready to Give Up

Schumacher retired from the race following a double puncture and, with current Championship leader Fernando Alonso grabbing second place, it means the German is now 34 points off the lead.

But despite that deficit, Schumacher is trying to keep a brave face on the situation - even though no driver has ever come back from such a bad points situation to win the title.

When asked how he would rate his Championship chances, Schumacher said: "There's no question it's moving further and further away from me. But it's not that far away that we are already giving up. We will keep on working and we will keep on fighting. It's not over yet."

Schumacher claims that Ferrari's programme ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix is 'work and work', and he believes that the pressure within the team to perform is actually decreasing because of their Championship situation.

"The pressure is going away because we have less and less to lose," he said. "We can be more free now.

"It's clear everyone is disappointed. It's a pity we had that problem because in the race, finally, we were able to go fast and there were six points up for grabs."

Schumacher is still baffled by the cause of the double tyre failure, which he believes cost him an almost certain third place behind Raikkonen and Alonso.

"I think I went over some debris, because I don't think there was a problem from the tyres, as the other ones were okay," said Schumacher. "It was an unusual problem, especially because it happened to both left tyres.

"But we'll have to analyse what went wrong. It's a pity, because like that I couldn't finish the race, as third place was easily within our grasp.

"I was able to stay out longer than Alonso even for the second pit stop. But I don't think that would have been enough to pass him for second, although I would have tried my best to pass him."

shares
comments
Honda Confused and Hurt by BAR Ban
Previous article

Honda Confused and Hurt by BAR Ban

Next article

Bridgestone Look into Tyre Problems

Bridgestone Look into Tyre Problems
The physical focus bringing out the best of an F1 midfield star Plus

The physical focus bringing out the best of an F1 midfield star

Esteban Ocon likes to point out he’s the first driver since Lewis Hamilton to emerge from a spell as Fernando Alonso’s team-mate with a superior overall points record. While some may disagree, as LUKE SMITH discovered, the 2021 Hungarian GP winner reckons it’s not just luck which has made him France’s pre-eminent Formula 1 driver of the moment…

How Red Bull's dynamic leader shaped its F1 philosophy Plus

How Red Bull's dynamic leader shaped its F1 philosophy

The death of Dietrich Mateschitz last month has not only deprived Red Bull of its visionary founder, it has shorn Formula 1 of one of its most influential benefactors. Mateschitz himself was famously media-shy, preferring to let the brand do the talking on his behalf. And, while it’s now normal to speak of Red Bull F1 titles and champions made, Mateschitz never assumed it would be easy or even possible – as ANTHONY ROWLINSON discovered during this previously unpublished interview from 2006…

Formula 1
Nov 27, 2022
Can Mercedes break Formula 1's cycle of doom? Plus

Can Mercedes break Formula 1's cycle of doom?

OPINION: Teams that have dominated for long periods throughout Formula 1's history often take years to get back to the top of the tree once they've slipped down. But it remains to be seen whether the same will happen to Mercedes after a challenging 2022 season

Formula 1
Nov 24, 2022
What hurt Perez most in his ill-fated fight for second in Abu Dhabi Plus

What hurt Perez most in his ill-fated fight for second in Abu Dhabi

Arguably the favourite in the battle to finish second best in 2022's Formula 1 standings, Sergio Perez's two-stop strategy at Abu Dhabi couldn't take him ahead of Charles Leclerc when the music stopped - and several key factors ultimately precluded him from the much-coveted runner-up spot

Formula 1
Nov 23, 2022
The Abu Dhabi momentum that can propel Leclerc and Ferrari to F1 2023 success Plus

The Abu Dhabi momentum that can propel Leclerc and Ferrari to F1 2023 success

OPINION: Charles Leclerc achieved his target of sealing runner-up in the 2022 world championship with a masterful drive behind Max Verstappen in Abu Dhabi. And that race contained key elements that may help him, and Ferrari, go one better in Formula 1 2023

Formula 1
Nov 22, 2022
How Verstappen's record-breaking 2022 season compares to the F1 greats Plus

How Verstappen's record-breaking 2022 season compares to the F1 greats

The 2022 Formula 1 season will be remembered as a record book rewriting Max Verstappen masterclass, a completely different challenge to his maiden world championship last year, and a clear sign he is still raising his own level. But where does it stack up against the all-time great F1 campaigns?

Formula 1
Nov 22, 2022
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Driver Ratings

The 2022 Formula 1 season came to a close at the Yas Marina Circuit, where the battle for second in the standings was decided, the wins in a season record extended and a retiring four-time world champion bowed out on a high. Here's how we rated the drivers

Formula 1
Nov 21, 2022
The factors that stopped Perez catching Leclerc in Verstappen's Abu Dhabi triumph Plus

The factors that stopped Perez catching Leclerc in Verstappen's Abu Dhabi triumph

Max Verstappen ended the 2022 Formula 1 season in fitting fashion with a dominant drive to victory in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. But behind him, early season rival Charles Leclerc achieved his target of securing the runner-up spot with a well-executed a one-stop strategy to beat Sergio Perez, whose pursuit on a two-stop strategy was hampered by several critical factors

Formula 1
Nov 21, 2022