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Saturday, September 30, 2006

F1: Schumacher last races

The final moment is closer of his career is closer for Michael Schumacher. That's why the Ferrari's pilot chose to look ahead to the final formula one two races of the season after qualifying sixth for Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix.

In fact, he has named his qualifying effort as 'damage limitation', and the seven-time world champion look ahead to the remaining Japanese and Brazilian races as more important to his title charge.

"This qualifying session has not compromised my chances of winning the world championship," he expressed after Saturday's qualifying, which saw his title rival and championships leader Fernando Alonso of Renault take the pole.

"Apart from tomorrow's race, there are still two Grand Prix to go and everything is still possible," Schumacher said.

The 37-year-old German, who will retire at the end of this season, struggled to get any level of performance from his bridgestone rubber on a tricky track, made slippery by rain overnight and ahead of afternoon's qualifying.

"We did the best we could in these conditions as our chances were damaged by the rain and sixth was the best I could do," he admitted.

While just two points separate Alonso from him in the title chase, five places will divide the pair on the grid for Sunday's race.

However, Schumacher still prayed for the dry conditions on Sunday afternoon as the weather forecast for tomorrow showed only a slight chance of rain for the period of the race.

"We still have that race ahead of us and from the third row of the grid, we can still aim for a great result, given that in the dry, we have proved to be very competitive," he concluded.