Schumacher, Barrichello look forward to 2005

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> World champion driver Michael Schumacher and his Ferrari team mate Rubens Barrichello are looking forward to repeated triumphs in 2005.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:04 IST
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World champion driver Michael Schumacher and his Ferrari team mate Rubens Barrichello have been both looking back on another highly successful year and looking forward to repeated triumphs in 2005. They took time out to be interviewed as they joined their Ferrari colleagues at the Italian marque's Christmas party last Sunday. Party time! Every December, it takes the form of a fun and relaxed weekend for all those working at Maranello. As usual, events got underway with Christmas lunch for the Gestione Sportiva, held in the Nuova Logistica pavilion, alongside the Fiorano track. More than a thousand people attended, including the President of the Ferrari Maserati Group, Luca di Montezemolo and Ferrari Managing Director Jean Todt. The guests of honour were world champion driver Michael Schumacher and his team mate Rubens Barrichello, as well as test drivers, Luca Badoer and Andrea Bertolini. Looking ahead For Schumacher, though, there's never much time to relax and he was already looking forward to the challenges of the next campaign. "We have been the best team without doubt and we will try to be the best team in future. We have the ingredients, we have the people. I feel everybody is still very motivated so it's down to what is the competition doing and we have to see that next year during the races," said Schumacher. Barrichello also had an excellent 2004. He was happy to look back on his personal triumphs, highlighted by wins in Monza and Shanghai. "You know the year started very well with a lot of points - not a lot of wins on my side - but the determination and the pure will to win made the dream become a reality," said Barichello. Schumacher and Barrichello will be leading the Ferrari charge again in 2005. Given their outstanding performances in recent years they will again start as favourites to sweep all before them when the new campaign begins with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 6. (AP)

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