Schumacher wins Chinese Grand Prix

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:37 IST

Ferrari's Michael Schumacher won the Chinese Grand Prix Sunday to tie with Renault's Fernando Alonso in the race for the season driver's championship.

Schumacher wins Chinese Grand Prix
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Ferrari's Michael Schumacher won the Chinese Grand Prix Sunday to tie with Renault's Fernando Alonso in the race for the season driver's championship. Beginning in wet conditions, Schumacher manoeuvered his way up from a sixth place start, getting faster as the track dried. "It's quite a miracle we are there," said the German, who will retire at the end of the season. Defending champion Alonso started in pole position, but lost the lead on the 31st lap. He struggled back to finish second, just ahead of teammate Giancarlo Fisichella. World champion Seven-time world champion Schumacher now shares the driver's standings lead with Alonso on 116 points with two races remaining this season, although Schumacher has seven wins to Alonso's six. It was the 91st career win and the fifth in the last seven races for Schumacher. After morning showers drenched the track, the rain paused for the start with both Renaults on the front row for the third time this season. With the track drying as the race wore on, Ferrari's choice of tyres and the timing of its tyre changes gave it the edge over Renault. "We found the right moment to change to dry tyres and we had enough of a gap to drive it safely home," Schumacher said. Moving smoothly away from the field, Alonso had a gap of 11.5 seconds over Fisichella after 10 laps, while Schumacher languished in fifth, more than 20 seconds behind the leading trio. (AP)

Topics : Formula 1 Michael Schumacher
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