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Since 1st March, 1999
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Schumi driven by success drug

Suzuka: Winning is like a drug and Ferrariís Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher is not kicking the habit.

After sealing the most successful year in the Italian teamís history with his 11th win of the season in Japan, the German looked forward on Sunday to further milestones.

Ignoring those who clamour for change to boost flagging television ratings and inject excitement into a sport stifled by Ferrari success, Schumacher said he would rather be criticised for being dominant than slow.

ďItís not the driving that is my motivation,Ē he added after leading Ferrari to a fifth successive one-two finish and straightforward but record-equalling 15th win of the year.

ďItís simply the love of the sport that is the drive for what Iím doing and Iím still hungry for more. I donít know when the next generation is coming, who it will be, because I will be around for quite a while.Ē

Ferrari have finished 53 races in a row on the podium and Schumacher 19 in succession with 22 races in succession in the points.

ďThe results speak for themselves and it is fantastic,Ē he said. ďAnd what has been the most fantastic is that we have not been for one race (off the podium).

ďWe have finished all the races and not only that, but all on the podium and that shows the quality of job the mechanics have done.

ďI donít believe itís anything to do with luck. Itís hard work. Our guys get the car as reliable as they can and what I do in the car on the other side.Ē

Schumacher smashed Argentine Carlos Reutemann 1980-81 record of 16 races in a row in the points in France in July, when he also equalled Juan Manuel Fangioís record of five titles. (Reuters)

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