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Race Report - Results
Michael Schumacher wins his 52nd Grand Prix breaking the all time record number of wins
In an incident packed Belgian Grand Prix Michael Schumacher wins ahead of David Coulthard and Giancarlo Fisichella in the much improved Benetton. Mika Hakkinen was 4th ahead of Rubens Barrichello and Jarno Trulli.
There was drama from the start
with Frentzen who was 4th on the grid stalling on the starting grid. On
the second formation lap, Montoya who was on Pole stalled and after his
mechanics started his car he started from the back of the grid alongside
The safety car was deployed on lap 6 following a horrific crash when Irvine and Burti touched with both going off and Burti having lost the front wing of his car crashing straight into the tyre barriers at high speed. Burti was removed from his car by the medical staff and was taken to hospital. He has suffered a concussion and his condition is described as stable. The race was stopped as a result of the accident.
The race was reduced to 36 laps and the grid positions were determined based on the order on the lap prior to the race being stopped. Race start order - Michael Schumacher, Ralf Schumacher, Rubens Barrichello, Mika Hakkinen, David Coulthard and Giancarlo Fisichella.
On the formation lap, Ralf
Schumacher who was in second had trouble getting on the line and was
forced to start from the back. At the start Michael Schumacher led the
race and an amazing start from Giancarlo Fisichella moved him into second
ahead of Barrichello and Coulthard.
As the cars were not allowed
to re-fuel at the start of the reduced race all the car on a 2 stop
strategy started to pit 7 laps into the race.
With Fisichella holding Coulthard, Michael Schumacher was increasing his gap over the rest of the field. By lap 16 Michael was 24 seconds ahead of Fisichella.
On lap 18 Barrichello lost his
front wing going over the curbs at the Bus Stop and had to complete a full
lap without a front wing. He lost 4 positions by the time he managed to
get back to the pits.
Following the second round of pit stops Michael Schumacher retained the lead and amazingly Giancarlo Fisichella held onto second place ahead of David Coulthard. Mika Hakkinen, Trulli and Alesi made the top 6.
On lap 28 Coulthard finally
manages to pass Fisichella for second while on lap32 Barrichello manages
to pass Alesi for 6th place.
So at the end of one of the strangest races in recent memory, Michael Schumacher wins the race ahead of David Coulthard and Giancarlo Fisichella. Hakkinen, Barrichello and Alesi make the top 6.
We will keep you updated on Luciano Burti's condition and we wish him a speedy recovery.
Michael Schumacher has now broken the all time record number of wins with 52 career wins. This is his 8th win of the season and has scored 104 points in the championship. David Coulthard is now 9 points clear of Rubens Barrichello and 13 points ahead of Ralf Schumacher.
Ferrari now have 152 points while McLaren increase their lead over Williams to 22 points (81 to 59)
With Fisichella finishing 3rd, the Benetton team appears to have improved dramatically as they were very competitive. Fisichella gave both the Ferrari of Rubens Barrichello and the McLaren of David Coulthard a very hard time.
Jarno Trulli continues his
string of retirements now with 4 in a row. Luciano Burti has also retired
from the last 4 races while this was Eddie Irvine's 3 retirement in a row.
Next race : The Italian GP on the 16th of September