Schumacher vows to win title

Michael Schumacher believes he will finally end Ferrari's 21-year wait for the Formula 1 world drivers' championship as he prepares for this weekend's season opener at Melbourne

Schumacher vows to win title

The German - who twice won the title for Benetton, in 1994 and 1995 - is hopeful of winning the coveted drivers' crown.

Schumacher - who missed most of last season after breaking his leg at the British Grand Prix - will line-up for the Australian race on Sunday, hopeful of drawing first blood against McLaren rival Mika Hakkinen.

Hakkinen has won the title for the last two seasons, but the 31-year-old claims he will stop the Finn from securing his hat-trick in 2000.

Schumacher told The Mirror: "This time I really believe I have the car to win the world championship.

"In the past we have started behind McLaren and have still come through to give them a good fight and almost win it.

"I think it's obvious that if I had not had my accident at Silverstone last year I would have been in a good position for the championship.

"This year I start the season with a good feeling because for the first time with Ferrari I have a car capable of winning from the first race.

"To compete with McLaren we have to have a quick and reliable car and that is what we have.

"Our problems are behind us. I am confident there will be no gap between us and McLaren."

Schumacher will be partnered by Rubens Barrichello in 2000.

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