Indianapolis:The state of the world may have drastically altered, but the status quo in Formula One remains very much the same. As if to emphasize the point, Michael Schumacher was the fastest in Saturday's final qualifying for the US Grand Prix. A much-reduced crowd in Indianapolis was treated to another cameo from the man long-since crowned as world champion. While the US struggles to come to terms with the enormity of recent events, the German vowed to put a smile back on the face of Americans. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the spiritual home of motorsport in the United States but despite a strong security presence, those assembled were determined to enjoy themselves. Schumacher senior didn't disappoint the crowds on Saturday. The world title is already his for the fourth time and he's now aiming for sole possession of the record for the most wins in a season -- currently co-owned by himself and Nigel Mansell. "I am pretty confident. The car has been going very well all weekend. We have worked consistently and improved the car. We worked very well for our race optimization and things are looking positive," said Schumacher. McLaren Mercedesâ€™ Mika Hakkinen was also in the mood to spread a little happiness. As he turned 33 on Friday, he picked up a belated birthday present in the shape of the second fastest time of the day.