Ferrari can still win races: Schumacher

Michael Schumacher says he can still add to his tally of race wins this season.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:54 IST
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Michael Schumacher says he can still add to his tally of race wins this season, even if his hopes of an eighth Formula One world championship have slipped away. The German and his Brazilian team-mate Rubens Barrichello entertained themselves on Thursday at the banks of the Danube river, where they were treated to a cooking demonstration in central Budapest. When the subject changed to motor racing, Schumacher recognised that his chances at Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix are not as good as in the race he won last year to hand Ferrari an unprecedented sixth successive constructors' championship. "I think there is always an opportunity but lately the opportunities have decreased, quite frankly," the 36-year-old said on Thursday when asked about the chances of victory at the Hungaroring. "But we still look forward to winning several more races this season, that's the main target that's left for us." Schumacher is 40 points behind Renault's Fernando Alonso in the standings with seven races remaining. Last year Schumacher was in a class of his own, chalking up a record 12th win of the season in what already seems like a different era. "Last year we came here answering the question when we were going to win the championship. This year it is the other way, when are we going to lose it? " said Schumacher. Ferrari have struggled in 2005 and 36-year-old Schumacher has just one, devalued, victory in the U.S. Grand Prix that was shunned by all seven Michelin-equipped teams. The champion finished fifth at his home grand prix at Hockenheim last weekend and was sixth in the British Grand Prix before that. He has not had a pole position since last year. Schumacher's team-mate Rubens Barrichello remained more upbeat about Ferrari's constructors' challenge. The Brazilian said he felt Ferrari was still in the fight, although much would depend on Sunday's race. "I think that first of all the positive thinking is the way that can take us to win and secondly we just have to keep on trying. Even if a car wins and we finish second, we make more points than the other ones. So basically we can do it." Ferrari are third in the championship, largely thanks to their 18-point haul from Indianapolis, with 78 points to Renault's 117. (AP)