Ferrari number one Michael Schumacher is expecting a 'great challenge' this weekend at the US Grand Prix, as he battles to wrap up a record sixth title.

The German who bounced back from a disappointing eighth place finish at the Hungarian GP, to take pole and win in Italy, added that the Scuderia are well prepared for Indianapolis.

"We were able to carry out our testing programme [last week at Jerez, Monza and Fiorano] without any problems," said Michael. "I worked for three days at Jerez without any particular difficulties, Felipe Massa did the tests at Monza and Luca Badoer at Fiorano."

"We are geared up for Indianapolis," continued Schumacher, who leads the drivers' championship by three points, with two races left, at Indy and Suzuka. "A lot of people say that it [Indy] is a track that is more adapted to BMW-Williams but we can't say that we agree. The same thing was said about Monza but, after a tough fight, we won out.

"This means two things: predictions based on performances of years gone by are no longer reliable and that every tiny error can have serious consequences. Whoever is able to exploit the resources during the weekend will come out on top. The competition is so tight that crossing the line first could depend on each day's results.

"It is a great challenge that we take on without fear and the other teams will do the same. The success at Monza has motivated us even more, but we know we are in a battle and we will not make the mistake of resting on our laurels. We are talking about sport, and in sport you can never plan anything down the finest detail. In any case, we are very well prepared will show our fighting spirit once again at Indianapolis."



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