Michael Schumacher wins inaugural Bahrain GP

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:06 IST

Michael Schumacher won his third straight race of the season on Sunday, taking the inaugural Bahrain Grand Prix for his 73rd career victory.

Michael Schumacher wins inaugural Bahrain GP

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Michael Schumacher won his third straight race of the season on Sunday, taking the inaugural Bahrain Grand Prix for his 73rd career victory. Schumacher led from the pole and never faltered, taking command on the new US$ 150 million desert track. Light rain fell just before the start, but circuit conditions were nearly perfect despite fears of blowing sand and dust at the new layout. Schumacher clocked 1 hour, 28 minutes 34.575 seconds for 57 laps on the 5.417- kilometre course. The race was nearly incident-free despite the unfamiliar track with temperatures about 30C (86F) at the start. Second went to Ferrari teammate Rubens Barrichello, who was 1.3 seconds behind, only because Schumacher slowed after leading by 10 seconds entering the final lap. The next finishers were: Jenson Button of BAR-Honda, Jarno Trulli of Renault, Takuma Sato of BAR-Honda, Fernando Alonso of Renault, Ralf Schumacher of Williams and Mark Webber of Jaguar. It was the second straight third-place finish for Button. "It was a superb weekend and we worked our way through, and it was tough at times," Schumacher said. "In the final we had everything spot on." "The biggest problem was to stay on line because it was so difficult and slippery going just a little bit wide. It was very tricky." Juan Pablo Montoya of Williams, after being in third place with about 10 to go, dropped from third place and finished in 13th with obvious engine problems. (PTI)

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