Schumacher's three wishes

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13 August 2004 , BUDAPEST - Michael Schumacher has three wishes for Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix: A world title, a new world record and a chance to put aside the disappointment of last season's race. The German Ferrari driver goes into this weekend's racing highly motivated and very fit and said he is looking forward to the race. "I will give everything to compete for the win." The six-time world champion however believes that teams like Renault, BAR-Honda and McLaren-Mercedes will be competitive on the H

13 August 2004

BUDAPEST - Michael Schumacher has three wishes for Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix: A world title, a new world record and a chance to put aside the disappointment of last season's race.

The German Ferrari driver goes into this weekend's racing highly motivated and very fit and said he is looking forward to the race. "I will give everything to compete for the win."

The six-time world champion however believes that teams like Renault, BAR-Honda and McLaren-Mercedes will be competitive on the Hungaroring, which is relatively slow, but very technical.

In last season's race Schumacher suffered one of his most embarrassing defeats, ending the race a lap behind youngster Fernando Alonso and six other drivers in eighth place. He is hoping to lay the ghosts of last year to rest by winning his 12th race of the season, thereby bettering the world record he established in 2002.

Sunday's race should - in all probability - give Schumacher and his Ferrari teammate Rubens Barrichello the constructor's championship, the sixth in a row for Ferrari.

The team has a 99 point lead in the standings and can afford to drop nine points to the Renault duo of Alonso and Jarno Trulli, but still win the championship five races before the season ends.

On his website, Schumacher said that he is not feeling any pressure about that title. "I do not think we can still lose that title. Sooner or later, we will ensure that we get it."

Schumacher is as relaxed about his own championship standings ahead of the race that he has won three times (1994, 1998, 2001). A further victory would see him (110 points) extend his lead from Barrichello (74).

Third-placed Jenson Button, who last week shocked his team, BAR- Honda, with the announcment that he will be joining Williams-BMW next season, will lose any theoretical chance he has of still winning the championship unless he wins and Schumacher fails to get a point.

Schumacher however believes that Button and his other rivals will have a chance to win on the 4.381 kilometre long track. "I believe Renault, BAR-Honda and also McLaren-Mercedes could impress in Hungary. But we need not worry too much as our car has shown this season that it is not bad," he said - downplaying this season's success.

DPA

Subject: German news
 

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