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Schumacher plays down Monza chances

ESPNF1 Staff
September 3, 2010 « Spa future remains uncertain | »
Michael Schumacher finished behind Nico Rosberg at Spa © Getty Images

Michael Schumacher says he does not expect the characteristics of the Monza circuit to play to the strengths of Mercedes for next week's Italian Grand Prix.

Schumacher finished seventh behind team-mate Nico Rosberg in Belgium but is not so confident of a repeat result in Italy.

"The next race in Monza might well be entertaining in a very different way as I expect it to be a real challenge for our team," said Schumacher. "We have seen already several times this year that circuits with characteristics like those of Monza do not really play in our hands. Of course, we will go there prepared to try hard to achieve the maximum we can from our package and we will see to what extent we can achieve that and fight our way through."

Always a favourite of the passionate Tifosi from his years driving at Ferrari, the five-time Italian Grand Prix winner is looking forward to returning to one of his most successful venues.

"On a personal level, I am very much looking forward to returning to Monza where I have been supported so warmly over so many years."

Rosberg, who lies eighth in the drivers' standings just behind Felipe Massa and Robert Kubica, is more confident than Schumacher of another good result.

"There is always a special feeling about the Monza weekend and I love racing there," said Rosberg. "We made a good recovery from a difficult start to the weekend in Spa and it was nice to come away with some points. Monza is a completely different type of track but we will hope for an equally good weekend there."