Schumacher overflowing with confidence

Michael Schumacher is so confident of title success this year that he says he could cope with being second at Silverstone this weekend

Schumacher overflowing with confidence

Having won every race so far this year, the Ferrari star currently has a 21-point championship lead over team-mate Rubens Barrichello in second place. Mika Hakkinen is only fourth in the table, 24 points away from Schumacher.

'With the margin I have, if it doesn't go our way and I simply score six point, I believe I have reason enough to be happy,' said Schumacher in a Daily Telegraph interview.

He went on to suggest that he defeated Hakkinen despite running with a tyre disadvantage at Imola.

'We had a different tyre choice and I believe we did not pick the right one,' he said. 'They had an advantage with their tyres so all in all I believe we are there.

'We are not saying we are better. We are making the maximum use of our opportunities.'

After so many near misses in his quest to bring Ferrari its first drivers' title since 1979, Schumacher feels that it will be more of a relief than a triumph if he takes the honours this year.

'To win the title for Ferrari has been my challenge since the day I signed for them. It will be a big relief if we can do it, though I feel the team should have won the title earlier.

'As a team I believe we are worth it.'

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