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Last Updated: Wednesday, 1 September, 2004, 16:37 GMT 17:37 UK
I will race on - Schumacher
Michael Schumacher
Formula One champion Michael Schumacher has dismissed suggestions that he is set to to retire.

The Ferrari driver clinched his seventh world title in the Belgium Grand Prix on Sunday.

He said: "I heard I was about to announce my retirement but I'll have to disappoint whoever was thinking along those lines.

"I've got competition in my blood. I'll carry on as long as this instinct lasts and I remain competitive."

Schumacher finished second behind Finland's Kimi Raikkonen at Spa to clinch his fifth consecutive world title.

The next Grand Prix is at Monza on 12 September, when Ferrari's Italian fans will have a chance to celebrate their success.

"From now on racing will be more enjoyable because I will be able to concentrate on every single race without needing to think about tactics," said Schumacher.

"I'll just be able to race."

The 35-year-old German also said it was not yet time to reflect on his success.

"To be honest I never look back, I focus on the next objectives. There are the winter months to take in fully what I have achieved," he said.

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