Skip to main contentAccess keys helpA-Z index

[an error occurred while processing this directive]
| Help
---------------
---------------
CHOOSE A SPORT
RELATED BBC SITES
Last Updated: Tuesday, 3 August, 2004, 11:20 GMT 12:20 UK
Ferrari 'face hardest race'
Michael Schumacher on his way to winning the German Grand Prix
Will Ferrari's tyres suit the dusty Hungaroring track?
The Hungarian Grand Prix provides the best chance for Ferrari's rivals to end Michael Schumacher's domination, according to Jaguar star Mark Webber.

Schumacher, who was eighth in Hungary last year, will break his record of 11 victories in a season if he wins.

"Ferrari are in better shape than last year so I still predict they're going to be very strong, but it's going to be a very good race," Webber said.

"He's going to have to work for it, as he has done for most of the year."

Speaking to BBC Sport, Webber predicted the Hungarian race would see "probably the smallest margin" between the world champions and their rivals.

That is because the track surface of the Hungaroring is believed to reduce the advantage held by Ferrari's Bridgestone tyres over the Michelins used by all their major rivals.

Mark Webber
At Hockenheim Michael was fortunate with some of the retirements around him and Jenson Button starting a bit further back
Mark Webber
"It's going to be down to the tyres again," Webber said.

"Michael got lapped there last year by Fernando (Alonso), who had an amazing race.

"Renault's car was very well suited to that particular circuit and Ferrari had a bit of an off-day, which doesn't happen that often. Ferrari were exposed and they got punished very heavily.

"At Hockenheim (the last race) Michael was fortunate with some of the retirements around him and Jenson (Button) starting a bit further back.

"There have been some easy Grands Prix for Michael, but he has had to work very hard at some races this year."

Webber said he hoped Jaguar could continue their form from the German Grand Prix, where he finished in the points in sixth place.

"In Hockeheim it was a very enjoyable race, it was good to be up there racing with some very good teams," Webber said.

"Jaguar have done a very good job with the car this year, particularly in this middle part of the year with both cars finishing.

"(Team-mate) Christian (Klien) is doing a very good job and it's working out well for us.

"It would have been nice to have had more reliability at the beginning of the year but we hope we can continue this run into the last part of the European season."




SEE ALSO
Schumacher to do rally race
27 Jul 04  |  Motorsport
Ferrari 'seek Liuzzi deal'
28 Jul 04  |  Formula One
Webber makes Jaguar pledge
31 Jul 04  |  Formula One
Webber to join Williams
28 Jul 04  |  Formula One
Renault firm up Fisichella
28 Jul 04  |  Formula One
Schumi - I will be beaten
26 Jul 04  |  Formula One
Button hails 'best drive'
26 Jul 04  |  Formula One
Schumacher wins German GP
25 Jul 04  |  Formula One
Tyres rubber stamp Ferrari hold
12 Jul 04  |  Formula One


RELATED INTERNET LINKS:
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


E-mail services | Sport on mobiles/PDAs

MMIX

Back to top

Sport Homepage | Football | Cricket | Rugby Union | Rugby League | Tennis | Golf | Motorsport | Boxing | Athletics | Snooker | Horse Racing | Cycling | Disability sport | Olympics 2012 | Sport Relief | Other sport...

BBC Sport Academy >> | BBC News >> | BBC Weather >>
About the BBC | News sources | Privacy & Cookies Policy | Contact us
banner watch listen bbc sport