Schumacher: Ferrari in The Driving Seat

Rhys WilliamsContributor IMarch 1, 2010

JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 19:  Michael Schumacher of Germany and Mercedes GP prepares to drive during winter testing at the Circuito De Jerez on February 19, 2010 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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Seven time world champion Michael Schumacher believes that his former team Ferrari are in pole position for the new season.

His comment comes after the final test session of the new season in Barcelona, where four different teams have topped the time sheets on each day.

Nobody knows the team as well as Schumacher and he believes that they will be first out of the blocks at Bahrain.

"Ferrari have done very good testing and things look good. I know them and there are good reasons to be happy. Felipe and Fernando look the target.”

However, while Schumacher believes Ferrari have the advantage, he is not writing off his own chances just yet.

"Those four testing days here in Barcelona have helped a lot, and I am now quite confident for the beginning of the season.”

“Quite often, we were carrying a lot of fuel, therefore the times did not always reflect the true picture. It was positive that we worked in a lot of areas and thus gained valuable information.”

“We are heading to Bahrain with a good feeling because we know we will have additional new components on our car. But most of all we know that our prospects for the first races are looking very reasonable now."

Schumacher’s views were also backed up by young compatriot Sebastian Vettel. Last season’s runner-up believes that Ferrari have the advantage for the moment, but claims that McLaren, Mercedes and his own team Red Bull are hot on their heels.

 "It looks extremely close at the moment, although Ferrari have a bit of an advantage now.”

"That might change before Bahrain but nevertheless it will be close between four teams with Ferrari a bit ahead and then Mercedes, McLaren and us.”