"I've heard some people saying that this is a crucial race but for me it's not crucial at all," said Michael Schumacher after finishing second behind Fernando Alonso in the British Grand Prix. "There are ten races to go, plenty of opportunities."
That's technically correct, of course. Whatever happened at Silverstone, the world championship was not going to be decided on this sultry English afternoon. And a 23-point margin could certainly evaporate with over half the season remaining,
But before the race, Schumacher certainly did not sound like a man who expected to finish 14 seconds behind Alonso. Having found "the pace that was missing in the Spanish GP" in testing at Barcelona, and after recovering so impressively in Monaco, Schumacher had good reason to believe that Ferrari remained the team to beat.