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Tuesday, 19 September, 2000, 16:30 GMT 17:30 UK
Schu frets over future
Michael Schumacher
Schumacher celebrates at Monza - the tears came later
Michael Schumacher has revealed he considered quitting Formula One after the death of fire marshal Paolo Ghislimberti at the Italian Grand Prix.

Ghislimberti was killed after being hit by flying debris - believed to be the wheel of Heinz-Harald Frentzen's Jordan - following a five-car pile-up at Monza's second chicane on the opening lap.

Schumacher's eventual victory reduced the 31-year-old German to tears in the post-race media conference - even before he was aware of what had happened to Ghislimberti.

It was the 41st victory of his career - equalling the mark of the late Ayrton Senna. But for Schumacher, it proved a low point, as did the death of Senna in the San Marino Grand Prix six years ago.


I thought about quitting after the death of Ayrton Senna and I thought about it again after the last race at Monza
  Michael Schumacher
"I really thought about quitting but I think you always do in extreme moments," said Schumacher.

"I thought about quitting after the death of Ayrton Senna and I thought about it again after the last race at Monza.

"The feeling can last a minute, a week or a month, but then I began to work again because I enjoy what I do. To work well, you have to enjoy what you do."

Brickyard beckons

Schumacher was back on track last week, testing at the Mugello circuit in preparation for Sunday's United States Grand Prix, with the race taking place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway - otherwise known as 'The Brickyard'.

A world-class road track has been built, with the circuit snaking through the infield and also utilising the famous banked oval.

It is one of the rare occasions in Formula One that all the drivers start on a relatively level playing field having not seen the circuit before, just like with last year's Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang.

Schumacher lead that race until the closing stages when he handed victory to former team-mate Eddie Irvine, and he is now the clear favourite to win in America.


Michael feels at home with Ferrari. This is one of the reasons Michael and Ferrari have the intention to continue working together for many more years
  Ferrari's Jean Todt
Having closed the gap to two points on championship leader Mika Hakkinen with three races remaining, Schumacher has already stated the revamped Indy holds no fears.

"We will arrive in the US well prepared having tried various scenarios which we could encounter," Schumacher said.

"I have never had problems adapting to a new track, so I don't see why this time should be any different."

Ferrari sporting director Jean Todt, meanwhile, is confident Schumacher will remain with the Italian marque after his current contract expires in 2002, despite speculation he could leave.

Scheckter's shadow

Although Schumacher has won more races than any other driver for Ferrari, the Maranello outfit are still awaiting their first world champion since Jody Scheckter in 1979.

But Todt said: "Michael, driving for Ferrari for the last five years, has won 22 Grand Prix races with us until now. An absolute record.

"Michael feels at home with Ferrari, and it's a question of feelings, not results.

"This is one of the reasons Michael and Ferrari have the intention to continue working together for many more years."

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10 Sep 00 |  Motorsport
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