Schumacher unmoved by victory

Michael Schumacher said he did not feel at all emotional about scoring his fifth Monaco Grand Prix victory because the win had been too easy

Schumacher unmoved by victory

The championship leader led the race for all bar a handful of laps during the pit stop sequence. With polesitter David Coulthard dropping to the back after failing to start the formation lap, Schumacher's second place on the grid became the equivalent of pole position. Once Mika Hakkinen had retired from a close second place on lap 15, the Ferrari driver was under no pressure at all for the remaining 63 laps.

"I don't feel emotional because it was a pretty straightforward race," he admitted. "Monaco is always a special race but this was a pretty straightforward win.

"When you are out in front it is lonely and all you have to think about is reliability. This was an easy race really, but even an easy race is hard in Monaco."

Schumacher also revealed that Ferrari technical director Ross Brawn had to warn him over the radio to keep his concentration. In last year's US Grand Prix at Indianapolis Schumacher was lucky to retain his lead after spinning in the closing stages when he allowed his concentration to lapse while dominating.

"I was asking Ross what other drivers was doing and he said 'please concentrate, we don't another repeat of Indianapolis,'" said Schumacher.

"He said he was too old and his heart couldn't take it. I said I would look after his heart!"

Schumacher now leads the drivers' championship by 12 points after his main rival Coulthard could only salvage fifth place.

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