Michael Schumacher says he intends to keep racing next year and intends to compete for a record-extending eighth championship title.
Speaking in the German Grand Prix press conference he said:
It’s what I mentioned the day that I officially publicised that I was rejoining Formula One and it is to win another title, that’s our aim, that’s what my focus is and that’s what I’m here for. Very clearly.
He is not expecting to add a fifth home Grand Prix win this weekend – he believes a podium finish is the best he can expect to achieve:
It probably evolves into the same answer that I sort of mentioned before, because it is very clear that we are not in the position to come here and win the race, because as a package, we are not yet strong enough to do so. But, for us, we fight for our possibilities of results and if we could manage a podium, that would be a great and a fantastic result for us, for the fans, for our supporters, and that’s what we’re aiming for.
Sitting between the two Red Bull drivers, Schumacher backed fellow German Sebastian Vettel to win the championship this year:
First of all, it’s obviously clear that both of the guys to the left and right of me have a very good package and a very good possibility to fight and win the championship, but you probably don’t have to forget the McLaren drivers, that they’re still in the picture. I don’t think it’s finished yet, but naturally you sort of get the feelings of your national heart coming up and therefore you sort of have a German tendency. I’m sorry Mark but I guess that’s normal.
2010 German Grand Prix