Schumacher to Rivals: Stop Talking, Start Proving

World Champion Michael Schumacher issued a challenge to his would be rivals this season, telling them to stop talking and start proving.

Schumacher to Rivals: Stop Talking, Start Proving

World Champion Michael Schumacher issued a challenge to his would be rivals this season, telling them to stop talking and start proving.

Asked at Ferrari's launch today which driver he sees as the most likely to take his Championship crown, the German nominated his teammate Rubens Barrichello but added that apart from Barrichello, Schumacher the main threat to could come from any of the Renault, McLaren, Williams or BAR drivers.

When asked by one of the reporters specifically about BAR's Jenson Button, who finished third in the title race behind the two Ferrari drivers last season, Schumacher replied the Briton had great potential.

"Jenson as a driver is a very good driver, what he needs is a car so he can show that," said Schumacher. "Whether he has that is a question mark at the moment but it may develop as one."

Button told BBC radio earlier today that his goal for the 2005 season is "to stand on top of the podium and look down on Michael." But Schumacher himself said it was time for Button and his colleagues to stop talking and show what they are made of in racing.

"Pressure comes in the race situation and the season," the German said. "[There is] no more time for talking, now is the time for proving."

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