Schumacher tipped to win seventh championship

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27 August 2004 , SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS - Although Michael Schumacher could still see his Ferrari teammate Rubens Barrichello take the world title from him, few doubt that he will finalise his seventh championship at the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday. The possibilities to do so are endless. The German has 120 points after 13 races, 38 more than Barrichello. Schumacher thus needs only two points more than Barrichello to win the championship. A Schummi victory would put matters beyond doubt, as would any finish ab

27 August 2004

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS - Although Michael Schumacher could still see his Ferrari teammate Rubens Barrichello take the world title from him, few doubt that he will finalise his seventh championship at the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday.

The possibilities to do so are endless. The German has 120 points after 13 races, 38 more than Barrichello. Schumacher thus needs only two points more than Barrichello to win the championship.

A Schummi victory would put matters beyond doubt, as would any finish above eighth if the Brazilian fails to drive into the points.

Schumacher could quite probably even decide to stay at home in Vufflens, Switzerland, watch the remaining races on television and then turn up at the awards ceremony to pick up the trophy.

Not surprisingly, Ferrari are saying that Schumacher will receive no favours from his teammate and Barrichello says on the official Ferrari website, that he is even aiming to win his first race of the season.

"I am looking forward to returning to Spa as it is a fantastic circuit. I hope they have just made a few modifications to some of the high speed sections in the interest of safety.

"Apart from that, driving there is a phenomenal sensation. I am sure we can have a good weekend as our car seems to go well at every type of track. But we will have to wait and see how the weekend develops," he says.

For the other teams the Belgian Grand Prix will once again provide an ideal opportunity to judge just how far they are behind the Italian team.

Particularly disappointing has been McLaren-Mercedes, with last year's runner-up, Kimi Raikkonen languishing in eighth place in the drivers' standings.

The Finn is hoping to salvage some of the season with a good showing in Spa. "Of course Hungary (where he had to withdraw with a technical fault) was disappointing for me and the team, but you can't look backwards in Motorsport and it only makes us more determined at the next event.

"I have only had the opportunity to race at Spa on two occasions during my career, and both times I enjoyed driving the circuit as its nature demands that you push the limits to the maximum," he said.

Now that the constructors' championship is decided (Ferrari won it in Hungary two weeks ago) and the drivers' championships is virtually decided, the interest turns to which team will take second place in the constructors' championships.

Renault currently are second with an eight points advantage over BAR-Honda.

BAR's Jenson Button, who is third in the drivers' standings, said he is looking forward to racing at Spa. "Although Ferrari has won the constructors, the competition is still strong for the remaining places in the championship. I am looking forward to the race and to hopefully gaining some more all important points for the team."

Renault's Jarno Trulli says that he is hoping to keep his team in second place. "I haven't scored points in the last three races, so my first priority will be to get the car to the finish and add to my championship total.

"I am still pushing 100 percent for myself and the team to try and consolidate my position in the championship, and also to help Renault to second place in the constructors' race."

DPA

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