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2002-08-15 14:30
Budapest - World champion Michael Schumacher has his sights on setting a new record for the number of wins in a season when the Hungarian Grand Prix takes place here on Sunday.

After a three-week break, the Formula One championship resumes at the Hungaroring where the Ferrari ace clinched his fourth world title last year.

With a fifth world crown already guaranteed, the German now wants a win here that will give him a record 10th victory from just 13 races this season.

"Now I have another race ahead of me that I can really look forward to," said Schumacher.

"I really have luck on my side at the moment and I'm looking forward to driving again - I still always get withdrawal symptoms when I haven't been in a racing car for a while."

At least Schumacher will be racing in Hungary - one team and three other drivers will not.

The cash-strapped Arrows team on Tuesday announced that they will not take part in the race as they continue to seek out new investors with former BAR boss Craig Pollock widely-tipped to take a major share in the team.

However, by not showing up in Hungary, Arrows could face a financial penalty from the sport's governing body, the FIA.

Meanwhile, Heinz-Harald Frentzen said he had enough of the Arrows financial difficulties - he coyly skirted the issue of whether or not he had been paid at the German Grand Prix - and left before the team pulled out of the race.

Enrique Bernoldi is the other Arrows driver who will not start this weekend.

Also missing from the grid will be young Malaysian Alex Yoong who has brought money, but not success, to the Minardi team and has been rested for the next two races.

He will be replaced by Briton Anthony Davidson who has spent large parts of this year as a test driver for BAR.

The 23-year-old won the 2000 Formula Ford Festival and the European Formula Three Championship title in 2001 and has clocked up over 12 000km in a Formula One car for BAR.

"My primary target is to qualify for the race. If I can do that in my first Grand Prix, I will be more than happy," Davidson said. Qualifying is something that Yoong has been having problems with and when he did make it on to the grid, he was the slowest driver in the field.

Stoddart said he is resting Yoong in order for him to have a better chance in the final three races of the season in Italy, the United States and Japan.

Despite his disappointment, Yoong said he will still go to Hungary.

"If I'm not in the car, it's still my responsibility to be there to help the team in whatever way I can," he said.

"I am still employed by the team even if I'm not racing."

Yoong's best finish of the season came in the very first race when he was seventh at the Australian Grand Prix when much of the field was eliminated in a first-lap crash.

As well as Schumacher having his sights on a tenth win, Ferrari can clinch the constructors title this weekend.

With 141 points, they have a 65-point lead over Williams with five rounds left.

"We want to win the constructor's championship and Rubens is aiming to take second place in the world championship table to round off this successful Ferrari year," Schumacher said.

"Those are our goals. For my part I can hardly wait to get on with the rest of the season." - Sapa-AFP


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