Schumacher clinches fifth Formula One title

Michael Schumacher's win at the French Grand Prix clinched a record-tying fifth season title. He locked up the championship in record time, with six races still

updated: February 25, 2007 09:27 IST
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Michael Schumacher won the French Grand Prix on Sunday, clinching a record-tying fifth season title when neither of his two top rivals took second place. Starting from the No. 2 spot on the grid, Schumacher spent much of the race locked in second place, first behind early frontrunner Juan Pablo Montoya, and then behind Kimi Raikkonen. Schumacher finally took the lead in the 67th lap when frontrunner Kimi Raikkonen of McLaren-Mercedes slowed to avoid a car that had gone off the edge of the track. The German made the pass under a yellow flag, leaving open the possibility that the results could be contested. The triumph gave Schumacher an unbeatable 96 points in the season standings, clinching him the season title. It is the fifth of his career, tying the record set in 1957 by Argentine driver Juan Manuel Fangio. Schumacher also locked up the championship in record time, with six races still left in the Formula One season. He has won eight of the 11 races so far this year.