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Schumacher heads home with seventh title in mind


With another world Formula One driving title, Michael Schumacher went home to Switzerland yesterday and discouraged those who think that six is enough.

Schumacher feels he has a unique weapon to get psyched up for another run at the title next year -- the Ferrari team.

"It's very easily down to the motivation and the class of all the people that work for Ferrari," Schumacher said.

"Just understand I love this sport, I really love it. There's no reason for me to quit," Schumacher said.

The Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday was not an easy race for Schumacher. He had to overcome two bumpings, a brief drop to 20th and a minor collision with brother Ralf before seeing teammate Rubens Barrichello win a race Schumacher has won five times.

For Kimi Raikkonen to capture the title, the McLaren driver would have had to win the race while Schumacher went without a point. But Schumacher scored a point for eighth place, leaving the German with 93 points for the season and Raikkonen with 91.

This was Schumacher's fourth consecutive title with Ferrari, to go with the championships he won with Benetton in 1994 and 1995. It was Ferrari's fifth constructors championship and 13th overall.

"This is completely different, I said before that none of them can be compared and this is true but I am honestly proud of what we did," Schumacher said.

By wining his sixth title, Schumacher broke the record he shared with Juan Manuel Fangio. The Argentine's championships were between 1951 and 1957.

"I'm not trying to compare myself with Fangio," Schumacher said. "This man is greater than I see myself."

Fangio was a five-time world champion between 1951-1957. He had 28 pole positions and 24 victories in 51 races.

"You can't take a personality like Fangio and compare him with what has happened today," said Schumacher. "There is not even the slightest comparison."

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