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Michael Schumacher wins his 9th race of the season ahead of Fernando Alonso and Rubens Barrichello. Jarno Trulli, Jenson Button, David Coulthard, Kimi Raikkonen and Juan Pablo Montoya make the top 8. 

A few highlights;

  • Ferrari weren't dominant at Magny Cours but they managed to beat Renault by a stunning strategy devised by Ross Brawn and executed by Michael Schumacher. They have surprised everyone in the past. They have done it again.
    Rubens Barrichello did well to recover from a poor starting position (mainly due to a car failure) to finish 3rd beating Trulli at the final corner on the final lap!.

  • Renault are definitely improving and at Magny Cours they were matching Ferrari although it seems the Michelin tyre isn't as consistent as the Bridgestone tyre and they are losing time towards the end of the stint.
    Alonso did a good job staying in front of Michael in the first two stints but couldn't respond to the strategy change by Ferrari.
    Trulli had no answer to Alonso but appeared able to hold onto 3rd until the very last corner on the very last lap when he gave it away to Barrichello. 

  • BAR went backwards in the race with Button finishing 5th after starting 4th while Sato retired yet again with an engine problem.

  • McLaren managed to finish in 6th and 7th with their new car. That was their 3rd double finish in the points in a row. As for the performance of the new car, well it may be an improvement but they are not competing with BAR and Renault just yet!. Coulthard dropped from 3rd at the start to 6th while Raikkonen improved from 9th at the start to 7th. 

  • Williams continue to struggle with Montoya just managing 8th after spinning during the race and Gene (Ralf's replacement) finishing 10th.  

  • Best of the rest this round were Jaguar with Webber actually splitting the Williams while Klien was behind Gene.

  • Sauber finished 12th and 13th, that was the best they could do. 

  • Toyota though looked stronger during the weekend but only managed 14th and 15th. That must be embarrassing.

  • Jordan and Minardi just made up the numbers!.

  • Just 2 retirements from the entire field. Must be the best finishing rate in a very long time.

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What others are saying:

Button went to sleep and seemed satisfied to sit behind Trulli for the second and third sectors of the race. His desire to pass was none existent and it seemed as if he lost the racing instinct for a while, only waking up on the last few laps. This wont do at all - Valvespring - England

Ferrari were spectacular in driver performance and strategy, and that made for quite an interesting race. The TV coverage was terrible though. 
I wonder, however, why I've read nothing about Schumacher's infraction during the formation lap. The F.I.A. sporting regulations are quite clear on the matter. He should have been penalised - Tom H - USA

Well, competition is back: what a great race! Needless to say I'm happy with Rubens' performance and I hope he'll keep pushing hard at Silverstone (and probably will be second to MS again). 
There was something weird with Alonso's car because his lap times were worse than Trulli, Button and RB (who were racing each other) and this fact made Michael's life easier. 
It seems that Renault's engineers did not believe that the 4 pit-stops tactics would work for Ferrari and Alonso did not push as he should or could - Andre B - Brazil

Actually a fairly exciting race for a change! 
Williams and McLaren continue their lackluster performance -- the only good German thing on that field was the driver of the Italian car... Fabricio C - USA

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