Ferrari team leader, Michael Schumacher has insisted that his age will be no barrier to success this season.

Schumacher, who turned 37 last week and who is one of the 'old guard' in the sport, told British newspaper, The News of the World that he will give 'young guns' Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen a real run for their money this year, after a disappointing season in 2005.

"It does not matter how old you are," said the German. "I still feel very fit, just as fit as the younger guys I will be up against this season. What matters is whether you have the motivation and the hunger to succeed - and I still have that.

"I proved that by getting back in the car before Christmas, instead of waiting until the New Year to start testing again, as I normally do. The desire to race is still as strong as it has ever been. Motor racing is still what I love to do."

As for whether Ferrari can actually provide him with the machinery to win though, after failing dismally compared to the likes of McLaren and Renault last year, Schumacher added that 'things are again pointing in the right direction' for the Scuderia.

"What happened last year has made me even more determined to get back to the top," he continued. "I wasn't happy when I got out of the car at many races last year but I don't think that will be the case this time.

"That we finished third in the drivers' championship and the constructors' championship was a miracle - but I don't want to wait for another miracle. That is the same for everybody at Ferrari. I can see it when I visit the factory. We enjoyed great times for many years and we want those times back. I have to say things are pointing in a good direction for us again. We will be going all out to win the world championship this year - and I think we can."



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