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Pirelli tips Schumacher victory in Valencia

ESPN Staff
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Schumacher qualified on pole in Monaco © Press Association

The European Grand Prix could see the eighth different winner in as many races this season in the form of Michael Schumacher.

That is the opinion of Pirelli motorsport boss Paul Hembery on the basis of the seven-time world champion's Monaco qualifying performance.

Schumacher qualified on pole at Monaco but was forced to start further back as the result of a grid demotion. And with the Valencia circuit sharing similar characteristics to Monaco, Hembery thinks Schumacher could get back to winning ways.

"I think you have to look at someone like, maybe Michael getting the pole position," Hembery told Autosport. "He probably would have won Monaco if he hadn't been penalised, so why not there? Michael for Valencia, that's where the money needs to go.

"We know Valencia is a tough track to create an exciting race. It's hard to overtake and it's got elements of Monaco from that point of view. There will be some high temperatures, of course, and we're going there with the soft and medium tyre, so we should have less degradation."