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Can Ferrari stay in front? 27 Jul 2004

Ferrari fans
Formula One World Championship, Rd12, German Grand Prix, Race Day, Hockenheim, Germany, 25 July 2004

Ferrari team principal, Jean Todt, has been speaking of Michael Schumacher's dominant victory at the German Grand Prix, and also the team's prospects for the rest of the season.

"This victory is all the nicer for having been obtained in front of so many fans of the Scuderia," said Todt, "we always look forwards. We are interested in what is coming, not what has happened."

Victory in Germany marked Michael Schumacher's 11th win from 12 starts this season, and he now leads the driver's championship by 36 points from team-mate Rubens Barrichello, with his nearest non-Ferrari rival, Jenson Button, an amazing 49 points behind him already.

Todt admits that the team arrived in Hockenheim feeling confident. "We knew that we would be competitive. We'd been testing in Jerez, where it was the same temperatures as we thought we would find here and we knew we were competitive with Bridgestone - they did an excellent job."

But when asked if Ferrari had enough gap over the competition for the rest of the season, Todt sounded a warning against complacency: "I'm sure that they may be in front of us in some races."