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Schumacher and Ferrari relax 30 Jul 2004

Race Winner Michael Schumacher (GER) Ferrari.
Formula One World Championship, Rd12, German Grand Prix, Race Day, Hockenheim, Germany, 25 July 2004

Michael Schumacher has given his backing to the three week 'summer break' between the German and Hungarian Grands Prix. The World Champion told his personal website that - although he doesn't feel any need to slow down himself - the break offers a vital respite for the hard working Ferrari team.

"I would gladly put an end to the summer break," he said, "but for the engineers and mechanics the break is a hard-earned blessing. Their work in the past weeks means their families have come second."

The long gap between Germany and Hungary also corresponds to a testing ban, meaning that even Ferrari's test-team members can expect some time to relax.

"Our victories are the reward," said Schumacher, "but they also need a couple of days to recharge the batteries. It is not as bad with drivers. Ferrari are very good with us and pay attention to the correct balance between work and relaxation. The team has an intelligent test plan so we do not become physically and intellectually too tired."

Schumacher himself intends to spend time with his wife, Corinna, and his children. He won't be driving a Formula One car again until the first practice session of the Hungarian Grand Prix on August 13th.