Ferrari prepares for San Marino GP

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:06 IST

Ferrari Formula One team have been at their Fiorano test track putting the final touches to preparation ahead of this weekend's San Marino Grand Prix.

Ferrari prepares for San Marino GP

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Michael Schumacher and the Ferrari Formula One team have been at their Fiorano test track putting the final touches to preparation ahead of this weekend's San Marino Grand Prix. The German six-time world champion has been in dominant form, winning all three races so far this season. But he is refusing to get carried away with his start to 2004, and is focused on another win to take him further clear at the top of the championship. Schumacher already has a commanding championship lead, nine points clear of teammate Rubens Barrichello. And a pair of one-two finishes for he and Barrichello have seen Ferrari surge clear in the constructor's table. 'Streets ahead'The Italian team may indeed be, in the words of the boss of one of their main rivals, "streets ahead" of the rest. But nevertheless the meticulous preparation has continued at their Fiorano test track ahead of this weekend's San Marino Grand Prix, where they hope another win will increase their already tight stranglehold on the championship. Schumacher is looking forward to Imola, where he has a formidable record. "Well, the San Marino Grand Prix is always a special race. But now, being an ambassador for San Marino, it's obviously even more special. It's sort of a home Grand Prix, and I really look forward to it. We have had good results there in the past, and I hope to have another good one," Michael Schumacher said. Schumacher has won four times in the last five years at Imola - the sole exception being a triumph by his brother Ralf for Williams in 2002. The six-time world champion is refusing to get carried away, despite an increasing sense in Formula One that the sport is in for a repeat of 2002, when Ferrari won 15 of the 17 races. "Certainly we cannot maintain this sort of level for all the year. But I believe Imola can be another strong race for us. But then the tough races are going to come for us," Schumacher said.Thrives on support Schumacher says he thrives on the huge support Ferrari receives at Imola, and is typically dismissive of the notion that this creates undue pressure. "It makes it extra-special for me, having so much support over there. Pressure? We all have to live with pressure, one way or another. So it's not really a big concern," believes Schumacher. BMW motorsport boss Mario Theissen claimed recently that Ferrari will be close to unbeatable for the foreseeable future. With those words proving increasingly prophetic, it will be of little surprise if this weekend sees a fourth win from four for Michael Schumacher in 2004. (AP)



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