Schumacher set to blaze Imola circuit

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Formula One focus turns to Europe this weekend at the San Marino Grand Prix.

Updated: February 25, 2007 09:27 IST
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Formula One focus turns to Europe this weekend at the San Marino Grand Prix. However, with the emergence of the Williams-BMW team as a serious threat to Ferrari's title aspirations, Michael Schumacher had better watch out for little brother Ralf, among others. Three races into the 2002 Formula One season and Michael Schumacher and the Ferrari team are already dominating proceedings. The two time reigning Formula One champion drove the new F2002 for the first time in Brazil two weeks ago and went onto win his second race of the season. "Every race that is held in Italy is special and Imola is one of those where we have huge support for Ferrari. We have done very good races there. We didn't have such a good one last year. So we have to make up something for last year. We have a very promising package, but then we have very hard competition," said Michael Schumacher, five-time Formula One champion. However, Schumacher's teammate Rubens Barichello hasn't had much luck on the tracks. The Brazilian has yet to finish a race this season, but he will be driving the F2002 for the first time on Sunday and is expected to emulate Schumacher's impressive performance in Brazil. The hottest talking point in the circuit continues to be the two first lap crashes between Michael Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya in Malaysia and Brazil. Montoya insists the last one was the Ferrari man's fault. And all that animosity has become heightened with news that Ferrari might sign on Montoya next season to replace Barichello.

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