Schumacher in record 12th win, Ferrari clinch title

 

Michael Schumacher cruised to a record 12th win of the season in the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday to hand his Ferrari team a sixth successive constructors' title.

Six-time world champion Schumacher was once again untouchable as he led home a seventh Ferrari one-two of the season from team mate Rubens Barrichello to secure the team's crown with five races remaining.

It was the 82nd win of German Schumacher's career and set a new record number of wins by a driver in a single Formula One season as he moved closer to a seventh world title.

Schumacher has won 12 of the 13 grands prix this season. He now has a 38-point lead over Barrichello in the drivers' standings and could wrap up the title in Belgium in two weeks.

Schumacher has won 12 of the 13 grands prix this season. He now has a 38-point lead over Barrichello in the drivers' standings and could wrap up the title in Belgium in two weeks.

Schumacher, starting from pole, got away cleanly and, with Barrichello protecting him from the initial advances of Renault's Fernando Alonso, the German went away into the distance, lapping up to sixth-placed Takuma Sato, of BAR.

He crossed the finish line 4.6 seconds ahead of Barrichello to the proud message "World Number 1" displayed on Ferrari's pit-board.

The 18-point haul moved Ferrari into an unassailable 111-point lead over second-placed Renault in the constructors' championship to land a sixth straight title success for the Italian team.

With five rounds of the season remaining there is only a maximum of 90 points available.

Renault's Fernando Alonso claimed the final place on the podium in third place with Williams driver Juan Pablo Montoya and BAR's Jenson Button fourth and fifth respectively.

McLaren's miserable season continued with the retirement of Kimi Raikkonen at the end of lap 14, with his car lifted into the garage by mechanics.

It was the seventh retirement of the season for the Finn, who finished as runner-up to Schumacher in last year's world championship.

The next round of the championship is in Belgium on August 29.