Schumacher insists title fight still on

Sun, 27 August 2006, 08:38

Despite falling further behind Fernando Alonso in Turkey, Michael Schumacher insists that he can still win the title.

Renault driver Alonso’s championship lead stretched out to 12 points on Sunday after Schumacher – at the wheel of a superior Ferrari – had to queue behind teammate Felipe Massa in pit lane. The German also committed key driving errors both in qualifying and the race.

”(Massa and I) can both still be in front of Fernando,” Schumacher told reporters at Istanbul Park, referring to the remaining four races of 2006.

”You can calculate what it means.”

Ironically, with Massa on the winner’s rostrum, the red camp were left wondering what might have been for Schumacher this weekend, while second placed Alonso’s Renault camp celebrated as if they had taken the victory.

”It is like winning,” team boss Flavio Briatore agreed, after earlier insisting that the Turkish grand prix would be ‘damage limitation’ in the face of Ferrari dominance.

”We have taken two points from Michael,” the Italian continued, ”and at Monza our car should be better again.”

Alonso, however, insisted that the upcoming Italian GP might be the ‘hardest one to win’, given Ferrari’s prodigious straight line speeds.


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