'My brother is the best'

BMW-Williams driver Ralf Schumacher told the German Bild am Sonntag paper that he believes his brother will successfully defend his world title, adding that he would not bet "a cent" on McLaren-Mercedes driver Kimi Raikkonen, who currently leads the championship standings.

Michael and Ralf Schumacher. "Honestly, I am certain of that. I do not believe that anybody can stop Michael or Ferrari," says Ralf about his brother successfully defending the world title. — Pic. AFP-

The younger of the racing brothers said that he did not believe Raikkonen would be able to maintain his challenge. "Michael is just too strong for that in the deciding moments."

He said that he believed that his team had become stronger. "In the beginning we were weak, but now we have improved, but there is still room for improvement."

Commenting on the recent death of his mother, he said that racing provided him with an opportunity of shifting his focus. Although it was difficult just continuing with his daily routine, his profession provided him with an opportunity of thinking about other things, he said.

Meanwhile, McLaren driver David Coulthard criticised the much-acclaimed Spanish driver Fernando Alonso in Welt am Sonntag.

"I was somewhat surprised that Alonso raced into the wreckage of Mark Webber's car in Brazil, even though the warning flags were out."

The crash caused the race to be called off and Alonso was rated third, getting six championship points. "I do not think that is right," Coulthard said.