Michael Schumacher is unapologetic in the wake of criticism of his driving at Monza.
Two weeks ago, some of the seven time world champion’s rivals, and former driver and Monza steward Derek Daly as well as commentators, said Schumacher should have been penalised for his tactics to prevent Lewis Hamilton from passing him.
But Schumacher told Germany’s Sport Bild this week: “I use the rules up to the limit. As for the others complaining, I am used to it.
“As long as the officials say it’s ‘hard but okay’, then I have done everything right,” added the 42-year-old.
Schumacher acknowledged that he is not able to win races in the last six races of 2011, but he expects to add to his record tally of 91 victories at some point next season.
“There should be wins but I don’t think we need to talk about the title in 2012,” he said.
The fact he is only expecting a championship tilt to be possible for Mercedes after 2012 is ramping up speculation the great German intends to extend his contract.
“We will sit to discuss the future next year; I don’t want to say any more than that,” said Schumacher.