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GP Week : Issue 117
10 Schumacher says he will keep on fighting MICHAEL Schumacher has hit out at critics who he says misinterpreted the meaning behind his post-Turkey claim that “the big joy is not there right now.” “If you saw the whole interview it should have been very clear that this was meant for that race,” Schumacher told Reuters. “Having a car that was capable for fifth and sixth – and deducting all the unnecessary bits in the first two laps, I would have been most likely sixth – and not being there, that’s obviously not the biggest fun. ” The mood coming into this race? That’s no different than at any other event. If you think that anything has changed in myself, no. Certainly not. Again, even doing that race I enjoyed part of that race with all the overtaking and action that I had. But the result certainly I didn’t enjoy. ”Sports are about emotions and they go up and they go down in certain moments and I am more than certain I will have the upper hand by the end. ... The motivation is still there. I’ve been through this so often and after every storm the sun always comes out,” he added. Speaking to Germany’s Bild newspaper, Schumacher acknowledged that he could “understand the disappointment of my fans. And I can promise them that we are not giving up on working flat out to race at the front.” In an interview with Formula1. com, Schumacher admitted that 2010 had not been the season he had hoped for. “Probably last year I wasn’t where I wanted to be,” the Mercedes driver said. “But this year I would say nothing is missing. All ingredients for success are here – we now to have arrange and optimise them. “I know that good things come to those who wait. I am absolutely sure we are on the right track and that we are doing all we can to be successful in the end.” SPEAKING to the media at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, site of his NASCAR debut, 2007 Formula One World Champion Kimi Raikkonen refused to rule out a return to grand prix racing. After leaving Ferrari at the end of the 2009 season, Raikkonen made the move to the World Rally Championship, where he raced for the Citroen Junior team in his debut season. But the Finn refused to restrict himself to a single race series, and this weekend saw the Finnish driver competing in his first race in the NASCAR Trucks Series. Raikkonen will race in both NASCAR and WRC this year, and is not completing a full calendar in either series. “I don’t have any big plans, I don’t have any plans for next year in anything that I do,” said Raikkonen. “I’ll see how it is because I didn’t have any expectation when I came [to NASCAR]. It’s a bit like when I went to rallying. It’s the same story here, for sure it’s a different sport and different racing than what we have in Europe, but it’s very popular here. “I had the plan to do rally this year, so this [NASCAR] is really when I have time... If I completely suck here probably there’s no reason to come back, so hopefully it goes better than today. I don’t know yet. We go day by day and see how it goes. What comes in the future, it comes. “ There were many reasons why I stopped [racing in F1],” said Raikkonen. “I always said that I don’t know if it’s going to be forever or not but after that I wasn’t really missing Formula One. I wanted to try other things and I had a perfect opportunity to go and do rally and learn that and now I have time to come here and see how NASCAR is. “I’m happy how things are now but I never really have said that I’m never going to go back [to F1]. Maybe I will never go, maybe I’ll go, but only the future will tell. “Like I said before I have no plans for next year. I never really had any plans for this year before January so it may get quite late to know exactly what I will do.” Raikkonen doesn’t rule F1 out ... again ...