Schumi wins European GP

Michael Schumacher today won the European Grand Prix to claim his sixth title of the current Formula One season.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:06 IST
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World champion Michael Schumacher restored Formula One to normal order here today when he won the European Grand Prix at a canter as Ferrari claimed their fourth one-two of the season. German Schumacher, who was beaten for the first time this season in last weekend's Monaco Grand Prix, made the perfect comeback in his homeland as he led from his 60th career pole position to claim his sixth win in seven races. His smooth and calculated performance blew away thoughts that Italian Jarno Trulli's Monaco victory for Renault could herald a challenge to the world champion's domination. And Barrichello completed Ferrari's return to form as he used a two-stop tactic, compared to most other drivers' three-stop strategies, to climb from his seventh place on the grid to second by the end of the 60-lap race. Behind the red rout, which saw Schumacher extend his championship lead over Barrichello to 14 points, Briton Jenson Button claimed his fifth podium finish in six races as he came home third for BAR-Honda. His team-mate Takuma Sato looked set to equal the best finish for a Japanese driver but his charge was ended with a desperate lunge on Barrichello and engine failure eventually forced him out late in the race. Trulli finished fourth, ahead of his fifth-placed Spanish team-mate Fernando Alonso for the fourth time this season, as Renault continued their impressive reliability. Italian Giancarlo Fisichella, who rolled his Sauber into the barriers in Monaco, finished sixth and Australian Mark Webber secured his second points finish of the season in seventh for Jaguar. (AP)