A successful year for Schumacher, Ferrari

updated: February 25, 2007 08:37 IST
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Fiorano, Italy:

It's a very happy Christmas spirit at the Ferrari headquarters. Michael Schumacher who won 9 of 17 races in 2001, wrapped up his fourth world title and crossed Alain Prost's career record of 51 wins. He finished with 53 wins and won the title in Hungary with four races remaining in the season. Ferrari won the constructors and drivers championships for the second year in a row. "We had a great year, honestly. But it is probably not right to pass through everything in single. It is simply to assume and put together and say that it has been an extraordinary year and in particular to win the final race to go into a nice winter break," said Schumi. Schumacher turns 33 next year and the only objective for him is to stay focused and fit unlike in 1999 when a crash at Silverstone left him with a broken leg and ruined his chances for the title. "We are a pretty happy family. We have everything we need. We have two beautiful kids, a fantastic wife and a good family life. So we are just looking to keep it up and be healthy," the number one F1 driver said. Schumacher's younger brother Ralf who started the year in disastrous fashion with a crash in the Australian Grand Prix that killed a track marshal, however, finished with three wins and overall fourth. He and his team BMW Williams could be Schumacher's biggest worry in 2002. But all that can wait till March and till then Schumacher can unwind, perhaps go skiing and think about how he can equal Juan Manuel Fangio's record of five F1 titles.