Superior race strategy helped Michael Schumacher to clinch a record-breaking seventh Canadian Grand Prix win on Sunday. Ferrari was later gifted a one-two finish when race stewards excluded Williams and Toyota from the results.

Superior race strategy helped Michael Schumacher to clinch a record-breaking seventh Canadian Grand Prix win on Sunday. Ferrari was later gifted a one-two finish when race stewards excluded Williams and Toyota from the results.


The six-times F1 world champion became the first driver to win the same grand prix seven times when he took the chequered flag at the Gilles Villeneuve Circuit in Montreal. It was the German ace's seventh victory in eight races this year.


Ralf, who had started from pole position, initially finished second for Williams-BMW. The amended results saw Rubens Barrichello, who was third past the chequered flag, promoted to second position. Britain's Jenson Button, driving for BAR-Honda, held off Williams-BMW's Juan-Pablo Montoya to finish effectively in third.


The victory was a tactical triumph for Michael Schumacher, who started a season-low sixth on the grid. Both Ferraris were on a two-stop strategy, while Williams and BAR opted for three stops.


Schumacher ran mid-field during the first half of the race as Ralf and Button set the pace at the front. Jarno Trulli had been expected to challenge for victory, but the Italian's race ended at the start when his Renault's suspension failed.


After the first round of pit-stops by the three-stop drivers the Ferrari pair briefly led the way, but once both Schumacher and Barrichello pitted it was Ralf who held the advantage.


Despite their different strategies all the front-runners made their final stops within a few laps of each other and Michael Schumacher took the lead for good on lap 48.


He had a lead of nearly 10 seconds over his brother and although he slowed to conserve his brakes in the latter stages he won more comfortably than the one-second margin of victory suggested.


"I don't know why I have won so often here - I guess it’s down to a good package and a bit of luck," Schumacher said. "Everything went according to plan today. We thought it would be hard to get pole, so we concentrated our strategy on the race. We won today because of the consistency of our package and our race pace, which was the fastest.


"There was not much pressure from Montoya, as I could have let him pass me as he was on a different strategy. But Rubens pushed me very hard and it would have been much more critical for me if he had got past. We had chosen different tyres and I was thinking he had made the best choice! Then my third set was a bit better. I had no problems with the car and, at the end, I slowed the pace to bring the car home," he added.


Barrichello set the lap record late on and looked as though he might challenge for victory when tucked in behind his team-mate before the second pit stops. But the Brazilian could not get past Schumacher, and when Barrichello came out of the pits a trip across the grass ruined any chance he had of victory.


"I knew my only chance of winning was to pass him (Schumacher) on the track or go longer before the pit-stop, but I had a little less fuel than him. When I was pushing him very hard, I knew the brakes were getting hot as I could feel the pedal get spongy, but I had to keep pushing. After the pit-stop, when I had more fuel on board, the pedal began to more spongy and I realised the brakes were cooked," the Brazilian said.


"I did not give up but then, at the bumpy turn eight, I could not stop and I lost about five seconds, which is what cost me second place. But, at the end of the day, it was a very close fight, we had lots of fun and I enjoyed myself. People say I am happy to sit behind Michael, but today showed this is not the case."


The disqualification of Ralf, Montoya and the eighth finisher, Toyota's Cristiano da Matta, saw Giancarlo Fisichella (Sauber) promoted to fourth, Kimi Raikkonen and David Coulthard (McLaren-Mercedes) in fifth and sixth, and the Jordan Ford pairing of Timo Clock and Nick Heidfeld clinch the final three points for finishing in seventh and eighth positions.

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