“My motivation is completely intact after the news last week” says Michael, “especially because Suzuka is one of the season’s highlights for me. I enjoy the circuit - it has sections that challenge you as a driver like almost nowhere else.
Then there are the fans: they love motor racing and it is fun to feel their passion. I’m also a big fan of Japanese food, so I’m always happy to travel to this race. Logically, it would also be nice to achieve a sporting highlight this weekend, although my chances are of course very limited because of my grid penalty. But I’ve always approached these things as a challenge.”