Schumi hopes to return to winning ways

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27 May 2004 , NURBURGRING - A week after disappointingly crashing out in the Monaco Grand Prix, six-time world champion Michael Schumacher receives a opportunity to bounce back in front of his home fans at Sunday's European Grand Prix at the Nurburgring. Schumacher, who was well-placed in the Monaco race when he had to withdraw after Williams-BMW driver Juan Pablo Montoya nudged him into the wall in the tunnel, said that he was looking forward to Sunday's race. "I have the chance to transform the disappoin

27 May 2004

NURBURGRING - A week after disappointingly crashing out in the Monaco Grand Prix, six-time world champion Michael Schumacher receives a opportunity to bounce back in front of his home fans at Sunday's European Grand Prix at the Nurburgring.

Schumacher, who was well-placed in the Monaco race when he had to withdraw after Williams-BMW driver Juan Pablo Montoya nudged him into the wall in the tunnel, said that he was looking forward to Sunday's race.

"I have the chance to transform the disappointment of Monte Carlo into a successful event and this really motivates me. I hope to have the support of the fans who have always been behind me!"

"The circuit is close to my home town of Kerpen and I feel even more motivated than usual. Racing at the Nurburgring always gives me a good feeling and I don't feel any pressure, as some might think."

"My objective can only be to challenge for victory and this is all I have in mind. I am sure that we are in with a good chance and I look forward to an exciting weekend of racing."

Schumacher's team-mate, Rubens Barrichello, who finished third in Monaco, said that the team had a tough time at the Nurburgring last year, finishing only third and fifth.

"We have a chance to be more competitive than in Monaco and I will be interested to see what the weather will be like up in the mountains as we are going to be there earlier than usual in the year."

Renault driver Jarno Trulli, who won his maiden race in Monaco last weekend, has had a hectic time since then, having to participate in several sponsorship events.

The Italian said that he is looking forward to racing on Sunday. "After winning in Monaco, I am eager to continue where I left off. I think the victory showed that the team is working well and we all want further success."

BAR-Honda's Jenson Button, who is considered by many as the only driver who this year can challenge Schumacher and finished a close second to Trulli in Monaco, said he has always enjoyed racing at the Nurburgring.

"I am very excited about the European Grand Prix. We have a good car that should suit the Nurburgring circuit very well. It's a track I enjoy, particularly because of its high speed corners and undulations."

Last year Williams-BMW scored a one-two, with Ralf Schumacher taking victory from Montoya. The Colombian also counts the Nurburgring as one of his favourite circuits.

"I quite like racing at the Nurburgring. I think this track is challenging, which, for a driver, makes it fun. We have always managed to perform quite well there, both in qualifying and in the race."

One of the biggest disappointments this season has been the performance of McLaren-Mercedes, whose best placing was a sixth-place finish by David Coulthard in Malaysia.

In Monaco, both Coulthard and Kimi Raikkonen failed to finish. After the disappointing end to my Grand Prix in Monaco, I am now looking forward to getting back to racing at the Nurburgring. The European Grand Prix as an event is a completely different concept to the Monaco Grand Prix," Coulthard said.

Also disappointed with the Monaco Grand Prix was the Jaguar team.

But that not only because both Mark Webber and Christian Klien both failed to finish the race.

The team also lost a GBP 140,000 (EUR 210,000) diamond, which a sponsor had embedded in the nose of Klien's car, but which vanished after the Austrian crashed into the barriers.

"That will be the most expensive drive I'll ever take around Monte Carlo," Klien said at the time.

Notwithstanding the loss of the diamond, Formula One fans are now hoping that the race on Sunday will provide plenty of sparkle.

 DPA

Subject: German News

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