Schumacher wants to celebratetitle in 'his lounge'

25th August 2004, Comments 0 comments

25 August 2004 , SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS - Defending formula one world champion Michael Schumacher fondly speaks of the Spa course where Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix will take place as "my lounge". The six-time champion needs only to get two points more on his favourite track than his team mate Rubens Barrichello to be assured of a fifth consecutive title. He has promised his fans a roaring party if he manages to win the title. "I am determined to give them a good race and plenty of reason to cheer about." As he

25 August 2004

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS - Defending formula one world champion Michael Schumacher fondly speaks of the Spa course where Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix will take place as "my lounge".

The six-time champion needs only to get two points more on his favourite track than his team mate Rubens Barrichello to be assured of a fifth consecutive title.

He has promised his fans a roaring party if he manages to win the title. "I am determined to give them a good race and plenty of reason to cheer about."

As he has already won 12 out of 13 races this season, his sixth title in a row seems to be a mere formality and the fact that he has shown with six victories in Spa that he likes the 6.973km-long course should make things even easier.

The German says on his website that he is happy that the course returned to the programme after a one-year absence. "There is something magical about this course. It is simply my favourite track."

There are several reasons why the track is special for Schumacher: as a 22-year-old he raced his first Grand Prix there in 1991, a year later he won his first race on the course and his victory in 2001 saw him overtake Alain Prost as the driver with the most number of victories (52 at the time). Two years ago his victory in Spa gave him a new record for the most victories in one season (10).

There have, however, also been a number of incidents in Spa that he would like to forget. In 1994 his victory was annulled after it was found that a mandatory wooden plank under his car, aimed at slowing down drivers, did not meet legal measurements and four years later a serious accident with David Coulthard forced him to abandon his dreams of winning his first title with Ferrari.

This time around, there should be nothing stopping the German, so convincing has his form been this season and if Barrichello fails to get into the points, Schumacher could even finish seventh and still win the championship with four races to go.

But all of that is not important to Schumacher. "I just want to drive a good race. Everything else will follow automatically," he said.

DPA

Subject: German news


 

0 Comments To This Article