Schumacher - every point counts 10 Aug 2006
Michael Schumacher believes the single point he scored in Sundays Hungarian Grand Prix may prove vital in the fight for the 2006 championship. Despite retiring three laps before the end of the race, Schumacher was promoted to eighth place after BMW Sauber's Robert Kubica was disqualified.
With title-rival Fernando Alonso failing to score, it meant Schumacher closed the gap on the Spaniard in the drivers championship still further. In fact, were Schumacher to win at the next round and Alonso record another DNF, the pair would be level in the standings.
In the title race every single point counts, said Schumacher. This is why it was good news. Now the gap to Alonso is ten points and we will go into the summer break with this in mind.
And with a testing ban now in place for the next two weeks, Schumacher is supremely confident that the team will continue to pressure Alonsos diminished lead at the next race in Turkey at the end of August.
I can say once more that the championship is still wide open, he added. We should still be in with a good chance. In the last three races we have seen a big difference in performance and, above all, we have seen that changes in the external conditions can have huge consequences. This means that we have to be prepared, consider every detail and fight for each point.
With only five races left to run, Alonsos lead means he is statistically still favourite for the title, though a glance at recent results suggests the momentum is currently with Schumacher. The German has earned 31 points from the last four races, whilst Alonso has only managed a 12-point haul.