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Schumacher is not worried 08 Apr 2003

Michael Schumacher (GER) Ferrari practices his smile.
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, United States Grand Prix, Indianapolis, USA, 29 September 2002

Despite losing his record finishing streak when he crashed out of the Brazilian Grand Prix, and falling 18 points behind championship-leader Kimi Raikkonen as a result, Michael Schumacher insists that he is not worried about his chances of winning a record sixth title in 2003.

Prior to Brazil the German's last retirement had been in the 2001 German Grand Prix at Hockenheim.

"The gap is not so big and there are 13 races remaining," Schumacher said after the wet race in Interlagos, "so there is no need to be concerned."

In Brazil Ferrari spokesman Luca Colajanni confirmed that the current plan is to race the dramatic new F2003-GA at next week's San Marino Grand Prix in Imola, on the team's home ground, pending further tests this week in Mugello. "We will definitely have two of the new cars there, possibly three," Colajanni said.

After testing the new car recently, Rubens Barrichello said: "I am really looking forward to racing it. I tried it for the first time in Barcelona, and I know for sure that it is quicker than the F2002."

However, under the new points-scoring system introduced for 2003, it will be harder for Schumacher to fight back into contention even if he wins a string of races in Europe, now that the difference between victory and second place is only two points.