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Schumacher claims record 12th win


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BUDAPEST, Hungary -- Michael Schumacher claimed a record 12th win of the season as the Hungarian GP saw another start-to-finish triumph for the Ferrari team.

Teammate Rubens Barrichello came in second, securing the 2004 constructors championship for the prancing horses from Maranello.

Renault driver Fernando Alonso claimed the last available spot on the podium, a whopping 50 seconds behind the race winner.

"To win in this style was great and to clinch the constructors' championship is very important," said Schumacher, a six-time world champion.

"Everyone in the team deserves this win. It is just so perfect, outstanding.

"Inside the car there was more work going on than it may have looked. The circuit is demanding and it is not easy.

"A lot of lapping was going on even if a couple of guys did not respect that very well. Hungary is a difficult track to pass or work your way through, but I am very happy for the team today."

Schumacher has outclassed Barrichello this season and can take his seventh drivers' title with victory at the next race in Belgium after extending his advantage over the Brazilian to 38 points with 50 remaining.

Juan Pablo Montoya (Williams), Jenson Button (BAR), Takuma Sato (BAR), Antonio Pizzonia (Williams) and Giancarlo Fisichella (Sauber) were the drivers to score points.

The field got off to a clean start with only one minor incident in the first corner as Toyota's new driver Ricardo Zonta spun after making contact with Mark Webber's Jaguar. Zonta was however able to rejoin the race immediately.

Unimpressed by what happened at the back of the grid, the Ferrari duo soon took a commanding lead over their competition posting a series of fastest laps.

The Ferrari mechanics did a superb job during the scheduled pit stops as their clockwork precision contributed to the fact that once again it was never in doubt that Ferrari would win today's race and their sixth consecutive constructors championship title.

Problems with the engine's software made Kimi Raikkonen the first driver to retire.

It was the seventh retirement of the campaign because of technical problems for the Finn, widely tipped to be a serious contender for the world championship before the first race at Melbourne.

The second driver to end his working day prematurely was Felipe Massa in lap 23 as braking problems ended what already was a difficult weekend for the young Brazilian.

An engine change penalty had forced him to start from the back of the grid today.

Ricardo Zonta, involved in a spin earlier in the race, pulled his car off the track in lap 36 after reporting problems with the electronic system of his Toyota.

In lap 44 Jarno Trulli parked his car with engine problems. Jordan driver Giorgio Pantano retired with gearbox problems in lap 51.

Hungarian local hero, Zsolt Baumgartner had a character building home race in his Minardi, coming in 15th and last, five laps down on winner Schumacher.


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