Schumacher talks on Monza tears

Michael Schumacher spoke in Indianapolis about the reasons he burst into tears after winning the Italian Grand Prix

Schumacher talks on Monza tears

The double champion admitted he was surprised by the public reaction to his public emotions as he cried uncontrollably on his brother's shoulder in the post-race press conference.

And he said it was an outpouring of emotion that resulted from seeing the joy of Ferrari's fans following the victory and his own memories of Ayrton Senna who died after crashing in front of him in 1994.

The win at Monza catapulted Schumacher back into the title chase and was his 41st win - matching the total accumulated by Senna before he died.

"I was up on the podium and I could see all these people in front of me and I was looking into their faces and really feeling the emotions that they are going through and see how delighted they were," said Schumacher.

"On the other side I was coming back to the memories of Senna and it was a quite a strange mixture of feelings I went through.

"One moment I was delighted while on the other side remembered what happened in 1994 in Imola. It was really strange.

"Obviously I was the most happy man in the world and to see all these people going crazy over what we had achieved there mixed with the memories [of Senna] was a little bit too much for me.

"It was the first time in 10 years I have done that and it could happen again but maybe I'll have to wait another 10 years."

Schumacher admitted, too, he was surprised by the worldwide media reaction to his emotional breakdown.

"What surprised me was that people said it proved I was human after all," he said. "That was a surprise for me because I thought I was a human being before that happened. "

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