Michael Schumacher insists the title race is anything but over but confessed the gap to the leading two manufacturers is still too wide.
The Ferrari ace was forced to settle for third place after watching championship leader Fernando Alonso disappear into the distance and eventually cross the line over a minute ahead of his F2005.
“We are quick enough to be in with a shout of victory, and this is obvious,” he said. “The gap to Alonso is wider than we would have liked and even Kimi’s form was striking,” admitted the seven-times world champion.
“Still, we have to be pleased with third place as the race could have gone worse. After the times we set on Friday and Saturday, I thought that we really were in with a chance of victory”.
The reigning champion believed that some improvements have been made. Qualifying, which had been one of Ferrari’s biggest concerns, saw much improved times on those from the previous races.
“Now we have to try to obtain good results and be competitive at every stage of the weekend,” he said. “We have already improved and there is no reason why we cannot continue to do so. The important thing is to persevere and believe in ourselves. We have to stay as calm as we have been until now and concentrate on the work to be done.”
Despite the odds, the German was not about to concede his championship crown just yet. “Firstly, the second half of the season begins now and logic dictates that the gap is still bridgeable. Secondly, I am a realist and as such am a lover of mathematics; there is still the probability of winning.
“Formula 1 is such a changeable sport that it would be foolish to give up on the title. We are not so foolish. As I have said, we have to focus on getting back to the top. We will be trying to do this at Silverstone this weekend”.