Ralf Schumacher wins Malaysian Grand Prix

Ralf Schumacher wins the Malaysian Grand Prix, 40 seconds ahead of Williams teammate Juan Pablo Montoya, Michael Schumacher finishes third.

updated: February 25, 2007 09:27 IST
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Ralf Schumacher produced a flawless performance today to avoid a first-corner collision and go on to win an incident packed Malaysian Grand Prix. Schumacher described it as "the perfect race" after he cruised home nearly 40 seconds clear of his Williams teammate Juan Pablo Montoya to bring an end to Ferrari's dominance at the Sepang circuit. Michael Schumacher was third, his hopes of a hat-trick of wins here dashed at the first corner when he tangled with Montoya, sending the two fastest qualifiers back down the field. As they veered across the track, the rest of the field passed safely through on the inside avoiding a repeat of the pile-up which marred the start of the last Grand Prix in Australia. Rubens Barrichello emerged at the head of the field, in front ahead of Ralf Schumacher and the McLarens of David Coulthard and Kimi Raikkonen. Schumacher, driving on a one-stop strategy, eventually took control in the 20th lap when Barrichello made the first of two stops in his Ferrari. In a race of attrition, where only 13 cars finished, both McLarens dropped out as did Barrichello on the 39th lap leaving Schumacher unchallenged to the chequered flag. (PTI)