Wins at the San Marino and European Grands Prix have put Michael Schumacher
and Ferrari very much back in the 2006 title race. Where once the rumours were
about retirement, now the talk is of a possible eighth title. One thing,
however, is for sure - the seven-times champion enjoys his racing more than
Q: It seems like this season will be a shoot-out between you and Fernando
Alonso. How surprised are you that Ferrari are so competitive and to what do you
attribute the team's recent leap forward?
Michael Schumacher: You know, I have said from the beginning that Ferrari
would be in the fight. We have seen already prior to the season that we had
improved in all areas. It was just that some people did not want to see that. So
I am not surprised by the fact that we are competitive. I am happy about it, as
I look forward to a great fight throughout the year.
Q: Your successive wins at Imola and the Nurburgring came in large part
through better strategy. It seems like Ferrari are still the tactical masters,
but did you expect that to have such a dramatic influence?
MS: You cannot expect that, you only can try. But of course I was confident
about our abilities in that area - I mean in the end we are still the same
people who won several championships before. But then, sometimes it turns out
right and sometimes wrong, you can only try.
Q: You are back on the winning road again. How big an influence will that
be on whether you continue racing?
MS: It is not about winning, it is about competing. But to be honest, I
don't really want to go into that topic again and again. Let's wait and see.
Q: How much satisfaction do you take from your recent wins - especially
after some in the paddock had suggested you were perhaps past your prime?
MS: Again, there are a lot of people suggesting a lot of things. I am
around for so long now, and I have learned to not listen too much to all the
rumours and sayings around. To me, the judgment of people I trust and know well
is much more important.
Q: You've already won seven drivers' championships. How important to you is
an eighth? Isn't it just another trophy?
MS: After all, this is what you aim for. It is about competing, as I said
earlier, and obviously the fun about it is bigger if you manage to win the
competition. And a championship is never just another trophy. It is always
something different, something special, something to share with your team.
Q: Michael Schumacher is not only a driver but also a major factor in the
overall economy of Formula One racing (television ratings, sponsors, etc). How
do you see this responsibility?
MS: You know, I came into that sport to race. This is my part of the game.
And I think this is the part most people want me to do.
Q: Should you - in the future - decide to look for a life outside the
cockpit, what might that be?
MS: No clue. I don't even want to think about it. Why should I? I still
enjoy it so much, there is no reason for me to care about a life outside the