F1 legend Schumacher targets title

Michael Schumacher has fired a warning shot at his Formula 1 rivals ahead of the new season which begins in Bahrain next month.

The racing legend was in typically bullish form during the Mercedes team's official presentation in Stuttgart recently, telling his grid rivals that he has only target in his sights: the title.

Schumacher, now 41, joined Mercedes after the season ended last year, and will join his former boss Ross Brawn at the team which is largely unchanged in personnel since the takeover of the championship-winning Brawn GP last November.

The seven time world champion said the combination of his driving pedigree and Brawn's know-how puts the team in pole position for the title.

"I am convinced the team will be in a very good position to fight for the championships this season and I will definitely give it a go," he said.

"We have everything it takes to be world champion again, but it's one thing to have all the ingredients, it's another to conjure a result.

"But with the experience Ross (Brawn) has, and with what he did last year, with Mercedes' know-how and the quality they have, I'm sorry, but there is only one target (the title)."

Copyright © Press Association 2010