Michael Schumacher is back in the hunt for the 2006 championship, the Italian press shrieked on Monday.
‘La Gazzetta dello Sport’ heralded the US grand prix winner as the ‘King of Indianapolis.
”With his victory, the championship is open again. ‘Schumi’ is as hungry for success as someone who has not achieved anything, and it is hard to believe that he will soon retire,” said the newspaper.
‘Tuttosport’ added: ”Renault was like a team in crisis, while Ferrari can celebrate this beautiful victory. But it is too early to say that the championship is again open.”
‘Corriere della Sera’ turned its attention to whether Indianapolis might persuade the 37-year-old German to keep racing beyond the end of his rapidly expiring contract.
The article read: ”We are convinced that he will continue.”
The press in championship-leader Alonso’s native Spain, however, showed no sign of panic despite the Renault driver’s uncharacteristic fifth place.
”Alonso’s dream run has ended,” said ‘Marca’ newspaper, ”but no alarm bells are ringing.”