AUGUST 17, 2001
Champion-elect champing at the bit
"I have already said several times that our car does actually look good on all track profiles and I therefore count on us being right at the front again in Budapest," the defending champion said. "With Ferrari's aerodynamic package, a development of the one from Monaco, I do believe we have reason to be confident. I am really looking forward to the race in Budapest. It's time that thing's start moving again. I am really geared up to driving now."
Schumacher has sat out the enforced summer break in the company of his wife and children, which he believes has been a boon before the race to the end of the season. "I have spent all that time with Corinna and the children, and we have had a real family holiday together. We did a lot of things and had a lot of fun.
"And then once I went parachuting, and that was also great. Apart from that, I have of course been carrying on with my daily fitness training, like cycling. And I have to say that mentally the break has been great as well, I feel very much rested and refreshed, both mentally and physically."