Thursday April 26th, 2001
Ralf Schumacher has warned his brother Michael that family ties are forgotten when it comes to Formula One racing.
"I don't have a brother on the track," the Williams driver told Thursday's Bild newspaper ahead of Sunday's Grand Prix in Barcelona. "If one of us was to say he was delighted that the other one was faster, he would be lying."
The 25-year-old, often referred to as little Schumacher, Schumi Two or even Bonsai-Schumi, said he did not feel inferior to his brother in any way.
"I don't feel I'm in his shadow," he said. "He is Michael, I am Ralf. And there isn't anything about him as a racing driver that I am jealous of." But the two would never drive for the same team.
"One would beat the other," he said. "There would always be a loser. It would make no sense."
Ralf said he believed Michael would drive his Ferrari to another world title this year.
"The Williams-BMW was the fastest car in Imola but we still lack consistency," he said. "I think Ferrari and McLaren will battle it out for the title. My money is on Michael."