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Sunderland fans spur on manager Martin O"Neill

Sunderland faithful spur on manager O'Neill as 2,000 fans make trip to Southampton

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22:17 GMT, 21 December 2012

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UPDATED:

22:17 GMT, 21 December 2012

More than 2,000 Sunderland supporters will make the 300-plus mile trip to Southampton on Saturday.

The away allocation is sold out and
manager Martin O'Neill says such commitment to the club's cause, just
three days before Christmas, is one reason why he is desperate to
succeed for the club.

Focused: Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill

Focused: Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill

O'Neill said: 'That really sums it up. Last year we went down and played Tottenham and then a couple of days later we played at QPR a couple of days before Christmas and we filled the stand behind the goal which is absolutely remarkable support.

'They're travelling down to Southampton in their numbers three or four days before Christmas shows you all you need to know about this club. It's great motivation for us to achieve something for the club.

'You work every single day to try and put a mark on the club and try and improve results and it's for people like that who're the heart and soul of the football club.'

Sunderland have recalled Republic of Ireland international David Meyler from his loan spell at Hull City.

The midfielder has scored twice in a successful month at the Championship club with former manager Steve Bruce.

O'Neill added: 'At least if he gets on the field of play with us, which I imagine he will, his fitness levels won't worry me as much as it might have done before.'

Rafa Benitez: Winning will silence Chelsea fans

Only winning will silence abuse from Chelsea fans, admits Benitez

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12:13 GMT, 21 December 2012

Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez has admitted he does not understand the supporters who still abuse him in the stands and chant the name of former boss Roberto Di Matteo.

The Spaniard has been subjected to taunts from the Stamford Bridge crowd since his first game in charge, a 0-0 draw with Manchester City last month.

But Benitez, who led Chelsea to a 5-1 win over Leeds in the Capital One Cup in midweek, hopes improved results can silence the doubters.

In the hotseat: Rafa Benitez told Spanish radio he plans to silence the Chelsea doubters

In the hotseat: Rafa Benitez told Spanish radio he plans to silence the Chelsea doubters

'I have a challenge, that is to win and do well, it’s about time to
convince many,' he told Spanish radio station Onda Cero.

'If we can win, convincing will be easier, it says “be
quiet”, sometimes I do not understand the songs (fans sing against him),
I’m focused on the game and do not know what happens in the stands.'

Benitez has also brought about an improvement in maligned striker Fernando Torres with his Spanish counterpart scoring six goals in his last five games.

Under fire: Rafa Benitez has been abused by the Chelsea fans who preferred Roberto Di Mateo (below)

Under fire: Rafa Benitez has been abused by the Chelsea fans who preferred Roberto Di Mateo (below)

Roberto Di Matteo

'Fernando is working very hard, I have the ability to talk to him in
Spanish, but he can still improve and he knows it.

'We are making small
adjustments to the tactics and motivation, and Torres is trying to help
the team a lot. His main job has to be to attack and be as close as
possible to the area.'

Former Liverpool manager Benitez also admitted it can be difficult to adapt to England after spending so long in Spain.

Helping hand: Benitez has brought the best of Fernando Torres after linking up with the striker again

Helping hand: Benitez has brought the best of Fernando Torres after linking up with the striker again

'I spent 20 years in Spain and six here, and it is a very nice place but you have to adapt, if you don’t it is very difficult to bring players, the family does not fit,' he added.

'There is a lot of tradition, it’s all very endearing, it’s a very beautiful place. In England football is lived differently and to train here is very nice.'

Hannah Miley earns second medal at World Short-Course Championships

Miley earns second medal at World Short-Course Championships

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19:12 GMT, 15 December 2012

Medal winner: Hannah Miley earned a bronze to go with her gold

Medal winner: Hannah Miley earned a bronze to go with her gold

Hannah Miley claimed her second medal of the World Short-Course Championships when she was third in the 200 metres individual medley in Istanbul.

The 23-year-old won gold in her specialist 400m event on the first night of competition, breaking her own European record in the process.

The Garioch swimmer was fourth with
50m to go tonight but she managed to force her way into the podium
places to touch in two minutes 07.12 seconds.

It was Great Britain's fourth medal of the five-day competition in Turkey, which will conclude on Sunday.

Miley, seventh in this event at the Olympics, said: 'I am really, really happy with that. It has given me another boost of confidence and motivation for the next part of the season.'

In the other final in which Britain competed, the women's 4x100m freestyle relay finished eighth.

The quartet comprising Rebecca
Turner, Lizzie Simmonds, Eleanor Faulkner and Fran Halsall had qualified
seventh and they were 0.03secs slower tonight in a race won by the
United States.

Jessica Ennis aiming for 7,000 heptathlon points

Seventh heaven the aim for Ennis as Olympic champion looks to kick on

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15:24 GMT, 14 November 2012

Olympic champion Jessica Ennis wants to become only the fourth woman ever to break the 7,000-point mark for the heptathlon.

The Sheffield athlete set a new British record of 6,955 points as she won gold in London this summer, and now has her sights set on one of sport’s iconic landmarks.

American Jackie Joyner-Kersee holds the world record with 7,291, with Carolina Kluft of Sweden (7,032) and Russian Larisa Turchinskaya (7,007) the only other competitors ever to break 7,000.

Kicking on: Ennis is looking to build on her Olympic success

Kicking on: Ennis is looking to build on her Olympic success

Golden girl: Ennis set a British record at London 2012

Golden girl: Ennis set a British record at London 2012

Ennis’ current best ranks her fifth on the all-time list, also behind German Sabine Braun (6,985), and she believes she has more in the tank as she prepares for next year’s World Championships in Moscow.

'Your motivation levels are very different (after the Olympics),' she told Sky Sports News. 'It’s just getting back into it and looking forward to the next championship.

'The World Championships are going to be the main focus for next year, preparing and being where I need to be.

'I’m still 26, I’ve got time to achieve a bit more, and it’s about re-setting your goals.

'Now the Olympic thing has been achieved, that’s a great position to be in, but now I have to look forward to trying to get my title back at the Worlds next year and looking forward to 7,000 points, just setting yourself new goals.'

Chelsea will pay for not buying Willian – Mircea Lucescu, Shakhtar boss

Refusing to shell out for Willian will cost you! Shakhtar boss takes aim at Chelsea

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17:59 GMT, 22 October 2012

Shakhtar Donetsk manager Mircea Lucescu has warned Chelsea they will be made to pay for failing to appreciate Willian's 'true value' in Tuesday's crunch Champions League clash.

Lucescu accused the European champions of making a derisory bid for the Brazil playmaker, who they tried to buy in January and reportedly made another attempt to sign this summer.

Shakhtar were said to have snubbed a 16.7million offer at the start of 2012 and one in the region of 27million after the Blues were crowned kings of Europe.

Preparations: Shakhtar train

Dangerman: Willian

Warning: Shakhtar's manager Mircea Lucescu (below) told Chelsea to beware Willian (right)

Shakhtar boss

Lucescu, who admitted he had given Willian assurances he could move to Stamford Bridge, said: 'Willian was far away from Chelsea.

'They didn't even get anywhere near to our requirements, having done nothing to make my promises to Willian come true.

'Speaking specifically about the amounts, they officially offered the sum for which we had bought him young.

'I would really like them to highly appreciate his true value tomorrow and realise that they made a big mistake.'

Lucescu also confirmed Chelsea had been interested in defender Darijo Srna while Carlo Ancelotti was in charge at Stamford Bridge.

He said: 'Several years ago, I had a conversation with Ancelotti, and he was interested in Srna.

'My wish is that, after tomorrow's match, Chelsea get interested in all of our players.'

However, Lucescu insisted his red-hot side needed no more motivation to win tomorrow's top-of-the-table Group E match than the fact they were playing the Champions League holders.

The Ukrainian champions look well equipped to claim a huge scalp having won a record 21 Premier League games in succession and 15 out of 16 of their matches in all competitions this term.

Lucescu said: 'For the first time during my spell at Shakhtar we take on the Champions of Europe.

'For my players, it means big motivation and aspirations.

Excited: Shakhtar players prepare to face the champions of Europe

Excited: Shakhtar players prepare to face the champions of Europe

'For our fans, it's the pride to receive such a team at their home stadium, and for our club, it's a great joy and delight.

'If we played a friendly instead of the UCL game against Chelsea, we would probably have had to pay a million or a million and a half (euros) for it.

'Hence, Shakhtar can only take advantage of its every aspect. And if we achieve a positive result – that's what everyone wants – it would be just great then.'

Chelsea are also in irresistible form, having enjoyed their second best ever start to a Barclays Premier League season.

Their 4-2 win at Tottenham on Saturday was their seventh in eight league games and they are scoring just as freely as Tuesday's opponents.

But Lucescu said: 'We are also different from Tottenham these days. I believe that our team's level is higher.

Watch out: Alex Teixeira can find the net with ease

Watch out: Alex Teixeira can find the net with ease

'This is true of both each player's individual skill and the game organisation.

'I think that we surpass Tottenham in terms of those qualities.'

Shakhtar midfielder Tomas Hubschman added: 'Playing against the champions is a big festival for us.

'We prepare for the encounter so that we could get a positive result, which would enable us to progress further. We'll see tomorrow how we manage it.'

The match is the first of a double-header with Chelsea and asked what points total would satisfy him from both matches, Hubschman said: 'Six.'

Brian Marwood focused on producing young players for Manchester City not England

We make stars for City… not England: Home-grown talent is not a priority, says Marwood

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21:37 GMT, 13 October 2012

Manchester City's sporting director Brian Marwood has highlighted the problems of producing top-quality English players by admitting his club ‘should not be ashamed’ to help develop foreign starlets.

In a week when the FA opened their national football centre at St George’s Park in Staffordshire, Marwood struck a more realistic tone as he discussed the motivation behind City’s 100million Etihad Campus, which will be the most advanced and expensive academy in the Premier League when it opens in 2014.

As a former player who came through the ranks at Hull City to win a league title with Arsenal and play for England, Marwood says he would like to help his national team whenever possible.

Next generation: Manchester City want the future stars of the club to come through their system and aim to produce the 'next' Yaya Toure

Next generation: Manchester City want the future stars of the club to come through their system and aim to produce the 'next' Yaya Toure

But he confessed that his main priority is to help City find players regardless of nationality, to save owner Sheik Mansour millions in transfer fees.

‘Our priority is to produce players who will get into City’s first team. From a selfish point of view, that may mean to the detriment of the England team,’ said Marwood. ‘And while it would be great (to help England) because I came through the system and it helped me, we also have to be realistic.

Looking to the future: Brian Marwood wants City to produce their own players

Looking to the future: Brian Marwood wants City to produce their own players

‘If we are trying to produce real top quality to play for City, if they happen to come from another country and we’ve developed them, we shouldn’t be ashamed to embrace it.

We can’t expect our owners to keep spending at the rate they’ve been spending for the past three or four years. We have to start somewhere and change that — and it’s something we’re trying to do.

‘We are looking to produce youngsters to play alongside the likes of Yaya Toure and David Silva. That is the benchmark if we want to be a side competing in every cup competition at home and in Europe.

‘The harsh reality is we have to produce local boys or bring in players from abroad. You see players for our under-21s who have come from Spain, Norway and France. It is something everyone has to deal with because it is a global game.’

Marwood’s candour highlights the problem for future English teams when the domestic league is dominated by clubs who will shop anywhere for the best talent.

Made in Manchester: City want the next David Silva to be a product of their academy

Made in Manchester: City want the next David Silva to be a product of their academy

Quotas where clubs have to name eight homegrown players in their squad do not automatically help the England team. Overseas players are categorised as homegrown if they have spent three years at a Premier League academy, as Cesc Fabregas and Gael Clichy did at Arsenal.

City see themselves as market leaders in the new raft of academies with the Etihad Campus.

It will have more pitches than the St George’s complex — 15 compared to 12 — and provide on-site accommodation and education.

A complex to be proud of: City hope to open a training centre to rival St George's Park

A complex to be proud of: City hope to open a training centre to rival St George's Park

Around a fifth of players who have taken part in this season’s Under-21 Premier League are not qualified to play for England, and City’s Academy already takes in the best young players from around the world. The number of international under-21s who have graduated through their academy include Denis Suarez (Spain), Jeremy Helan (France), Karim Rekik (Holland), Luca Scapuzzi (Italy), John Guidetti (Sweden), Omar Elabdellaoui (Norway), Mohammed Abu (Ghana), Abdul Razak (Ivory Coast), Abdisalam Ibrahim (Norway).

It represents a change in policy for City’s owners, who have splashed out 400m on players to land the title. They now want to reduce their spending to comply with UEFA financial fair play rules.

City’s facilities are a far cry from Marwood’s days as a youngster but he insists the current generation will not be spoilt by the club.

He said: ‘You have to teach them the right values and behaviour — that is ultimately the most important thing.’

Ronaldo: Brazil will struggle to win World Cup in 2014

Brazil win the World Cup Not likely! Ronaldo cool on hosts' hopes of sixth title

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UPDATED:

12:00 GMT, 10 October 2012

Brazil legend Ronaldo is convinced his country will put on a great show at the World Cup in 2014, but doubts they can lift the title a record sixth time.

Fears were mounting over the countries' readiness to hosts the competition with the building of stadia and facilities seemingly behind schedule.

Ronaldo moved to quell those fears, but has revealed he believes the chances of the hosts nation lifting the cup on July 13 are slim.

Pleased to meet you: Ronaldo greets Fabrice Muamba at Stamford Bridge

Pleased to meet you: Ronaldo greets Fabrice Muamba at Stamford Bridge

He said: 'I'm sure we will be able to look back with pride and know that we organised the best World Cup of all time.

'The organisation, of course, has to be perfect. It will be perfect. We will guarantee it will be perfect.'

He added: 'We have the worst FIFA ranking ever in history,' he said. 'It is a difficult moment for the national team.

'However, we will be playing at home. This will be added incentive, it will be motivation. I think it will have a positive impact.

'Otherwise, I will be playing again!'

Ronaldo was at the Leaders in Football Summit at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge stadium where he met former Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba.

FIFA have taken the opportunity at the event to pledge to keep empty seats to a 'strict minimum' at the the next World Cup.

Fear not: Ronaldo has allayed any fears Brazil will not be ready

Fear not: Ronaldo has allayed any fears Brazil will not be ready

Fear not: Ronaldo has allayed any fears Brazil will not be ready

This year’s London Olympics and European Championships in Poland and Ukraine were both dogged by no-shows in arenas that were meant to be sold out.

FIFA admit it is impossible to eradicate the problem completely but are confident they will have systems in place at Brazil 2014 to avoid similar embarrassment.

FIFA’s marketing director Thierry Weil said: 'Empty seats is always a huge topic.

'We are implementing new initiatives, we are implementing new resale platforms.

'There will always be no-shows – as we call it – in the ticketing world, people who, last minute, will not come to the stadium for certain reasons.

'But we will do our maximum to reduce that to a strict minimum.'

He added: 'We are concerned by no-shows, that is clear. Because it does not look good and it especially does not look good if you announce to the world that you have no tickets, then you see on TV that you have a lot of empty seats.'

Repeat performance Ronaldo lifted the cup in 2002

Repeat performance Ronaldo lifted the cup in 2002

Weil confirmed FIFA were revamping the official resale website they used at the last World Cup, something which would allow tickets to be reallocated as late as the day of a game – helped by the fact no physical ticket will be issued until matchday in any event.

One of the biggest complaints from the Olympics was the no-show of event sponsors, leading to large blocks of empty seats in highly-visible locations.

Weil said commercial partners would have to provide a list of names of individual attendees 'two or three days in advance, so they cannot just say the people will come and then nobody comes'.

He added: 'The tickets will only be handed over the day of the game to the people, so you can reallocate tickets to different people, even in the sponsor families.'

Weil was confident the new system would be up and running in time for next summer’s Confederations Cup.

He also vowed FIFA would do everything possible to make ticket prices 'extremely fair'.

'We try to have this World Cup open to everybody, in Brazil, and around the world,' he added, confirming the precise pricing structure would be announced on November 8.

Weil defended the format of the tournament, which will see teams travel all around Brazil, something that could prove very expensive for travelling fans.

He was also vowed the country would be ready to host the tournament, pointing out every event had problems in the build up.

'At certain stages, there will be some wake-up calls,' he said. 'At certain stages, there will be some delays. At certain stages, there will be negative things from different people.

'But, Brazil will be ready.'

Gareth Bale will keep lid on Charlie Adam feud, says Joe Allen

Allen backs Wales team-mate Bale to keep a lid on feud with Scot star Adam

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21:30 GMT, 9 October 2012

Joe Allen has promised Wales will not allow a feud between Gareth Bale and Charlie Adam to spill into their World Cup qualifying clash with Scotland.

Welshman Bale, who missed three months in 2011 after Adam’s tackle snapped his ankle ligaments, branded the Scot a ‘coward’ when they clashed again in a pre-season friendly between Tottenham and Liverpool.

Backing: Joe Allen has backed Gareth Bale to let his football go the talking when he comes up against Charlie Adam, with whom he has had a long-running spat after a couple of nasty tackles

Backing: Joe Allen has backed Gareth Bale to let his football go the talking when he comes up against Charlie Adam, with whom he has had a long-running spat after a couple of nasty tackles

Taken down: Adam has twice forced Bale off early in matches, one of which came in a friendly earlier this year

Taken down: Adam has twice forced Bale off early in matches, one of which came in a friendly earlier this year

Friday’s Group H encounter at Cardiff
City Stadium will be the first time they have faced each other since. It
will add spice to a match both countries must win to keep alive hopes
of going to Brazil 2014.

But Liverpool’s 15m signing Allen said: ‘I don’t think it will be more feisty than any other game. There is that element of rivalry, but any game at international level is approached the same way and that is purely to try to win.’

Adam, now at Stoke, has insisted he did say sorry to Bale at the time. He said: ‘I apologised to him during the game after a corner. I said to him I was sorry and thought everything was all right.

'I also apologised to the Tottenham manager at half time. Then all of a sudden I was being called a coward. That’s football and it won’t stop me tackling. I hope it is done and dusted now.’

Allen, whose arrival at Anfield forced Adam to move, believes Bale will put the matter to one side. He said: ‘Will there be any extra motivation for him Not from that point of view.

'He performs every time he goes out on a pitch and I am sure the Scots will be pretty scared about facing a player of his calibre.'

Michael Schumacher to retire

End of the road for legend Schumacher as German announces retirement… again!

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08:28 GMT, 4 October 2012

Michael Schumacher will retire from Formula One for the second time at the end of the season.

Schumacher's seat at Mercedes will be taken by McLaren's Lewis Hamilton in 2013, and with a dearth of other options available to him he has opted to quit the sport at the age of 43.

He said: 'I have decided to retire at the end of the season. I still feel I am capable of competing against the best but the time sometimes comes to say goodbye and this time it might be forever.'

Putting the brakes on: Michael Schumacher will retire at the end of the season

Putting the brakes on: Michael Schumacher will retire at the end of the season

He added: 'I had been thinking about
whether I had the necessary motivation to carry on but I do not want to
do something I am not 100 per cent committed to. Having made the
decision I now feel a release.'

Schumacher's first stint in F1,
between 1991 and 2006 saw him rewrite the sport's record books, winning
seven world titles and 91 races.

He will be best remembered for
helping to revive Ferrari's fortunes after joining the Prancing Horse in
1996 as part of the 'Dream Team' along with Ross Brawn, Jean Todt, Rory
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Glamour: The seven-time world champion will go down in F1 history

He retired at the end of 2006, but was convinced to make a comeback with the Mercedes team in 2010 by close friend Brawn.

However, his return to the sport he
once ruled has not been a success and he has taken just one podium
finish over the last three seasons, that result coming at Valencia
earlier this year.

There had been suggestions Schumacher
would join Sauber, for whom he raced sportscars in the late 1980s and
early 1990s, in 2013, but he has instead opted to stop racing.

Celebrity status: Schumacher is a regular on the charity event scene

Celebrity status: Schumacher is a regular on the charity event scene

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER FACTFILE
Smooth: Michael Schumacher

Smooth: Michael Schumacher

1969: Born on January 3 in Huerth-Hermuelheim, Germany.

1973: Makes his racing debut in a karting event.

1987: Wins German and European kart championships.

1988: Finishes fourth in German Formula Ford championship and is second in the European series in his first year of car racing.

1990: Wins first major single-seater title, clinching the German Formula Three crown. Steps up to sportscars, driving for Mercedes.

1991: Makes Formula One debut for Jordan in Belgium, qualifying seventh before retiring. Poached by Benetton for the rest of the season.

1992: Takes first grand prix win in Belgium on his way to third in the championship.

1994: Wins title, with eight wins to his name, after controversial last-race clash with Damon Hill in Australia.

1995: Retains world crown, taking nine victories.

1996: Moves to struggling Ferrari and manages three wins on his way to third in the championship.

1997: Wins five races but is stripped of second in the championship for attempting to take out title rival Jacques Villeneuve at Jerez.

1999: Breaks his leg at Silverstone when easily leading the championship.

2000: Finally wins Ferrari's first drivers' title since 1979, amassing nine wins on the way.

Golden era: Schumacher enjoyed some ding-dong battles with British driver Damon Hill

Golden era: Schumacher enjoyed some ding-dong battles with British driver Damon Hill

2001: Another nine wins and another title, setting a new record for all-time victories.

2002: Wins championship in record time, setting a new mark of 11 victories.

2003: Wins title by a point after six victories, breaking Juan Manuel Fangio's record of five championships.

2004: Breaks his own record for wins in a season, 13, to take title number seven.

2006
September 10 – Announces his retirement at end of 2006 season after winning Italian Grand Prix.

2009
July 29 – Announces plans to make a shock return to F1 with Ferrari, deputising for Felipe Massa until the Brazilian recovers from injuries suffered in an accident in qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Just champion: The German bought the glory days back to Ferrari

Just champion: The German bought the glory days back to Ferrari

August 11 – Forced to abort comeback due to a neck injury sustained in a motorbike accident in February.

December 23 – Signs a three-year contract to drive for Mercedes GP, ending three years in retirement.

2010: Makes his return to F1 in Bahrain and finishes the season in ninth, with a highest finish of fourth.

2011: Betters his previous season with an eighth-placed finish and 96 points, with a fourth in Canada his best result.

2012: Returns to the podium for the first time since his retirement, finishing third in the European grand prix.

October 4: Announces he will be retiring from the sport at the end of the season.

Michael Schumacher still motivated to continue F1

I'm not quitting yet… Schumacher still motivated to succeed despite Mercedes snub

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12:02 GMT, 2 October 2012

Michael Schumacher insists he is as ambitious as ever to succeed in Formula 1 despite facing the prospect of being without a drive next season.

It was announced last week that the 43-year-old legend will be replaced at Mercedes by Lewis Hamilton for 2013 after the Briton opted to end his 14-year association with McLaren.

Still in love: Michael Schumacher is committed to F1 despite having no drive next season

Still in love: Michael Schumacher is committed to F1 despite having no drive next season

For Schumacher, six years after retiring first time around, the exit is looming again, although there are rumours he could yet replace Sergio Perez at Sauber after the Mexican's switch to McLaren, whilst an 'upstairs' role at Mercedes is also a possibility.

Despite all the uncertainty, Schumacher insists his immediate focus is on the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka.

He said: 'My motivation is completely intact after the news last week, especially because Suzuka is one of the season's highlights for me.

Replaced: Schuey has seen his seat go to British driver Lewis Hamilton for 2013

Replaced: Schuey has seen his seat go to British driver Lewis Hamilton for 2013

'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.

'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.'