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Hungarian GP 2001 - Triple success for Ferrari.

Ferrari not only got a one-two finish at the Hungarian Grand Prix and a maximum 16 points but the Maranello based outfit also clinched their third consecutive Constructors' Championship and the 2001 Drivers' Championship.

Michael Schumacher was in a class of his own all weekend. The German was fastest in three of the four practice sessions, took pole by a massive 0.801 seconds and won the race after leading from the off to the chequered flag barring pit-stops.

In any ones book it was an impressive performance and the Ferrari driver has now won the Drivers' Championship four times. His win today was his seventh of the year and his 51st win overall, which equals Alain Prost's record for the most victories by any one single driver.

It all started less than perfectly though when Michael went off into the gravel on his out-lap, but after that he made it all look easy. From the lights the German led into the first corner and after that, that was pretty much it - the Maranello man dominating proceedings to clinch the 2001 title in style.

He told the media: ''I can't say much more than it has been a beautiful weekend. We did everything we could have done. I came here with not such a good feeling, for whatever reason. I said to Jean (Todt) 'I'm not sure this weekend is going to be the one when it will happen.' But we got pole position, we got the victory, I obviously equalised the 51 wins with Alain (Prost). And I got my fourth championship so, it's a bit too much for me right now to take it all in.''

''I simply want to say that, it's a great achievement but the way it has been done is what makes it so fantastic, because the team around us, Rubens (Barrichello) and myself - you can't believe how wonderful the guys are, how much we stick together, in good times, in bad times and particularly in bad times, and sometimes we have them as well. We have such a great crew, such a good team that I'm really in love with all of them and it's so much fun to work with them. It's their achievement and I'm more than thankful to all of them.''

For his teammate Rubens Barrichello though it was a lot tougher race and the Brazilian was locked into a battle with David Coulthard from the start to the end. First blood went to the Brazilian and at the beginning he out-dragged DC to give Ferrari the best possible start.

DC hampered by starting on the dirty side of the track where there is less-grip was forced to give way and was then stuck behind the Ferrari F2001 until the first pit stop. He then put in a quicker in and out lap and thanks to the skills of the McLaren team emerged after his first stop in front of Barrichello.

DC then pulled out a lead but by the time of the final stop the Brazilan had reeled him in and the situation from the first pit stop was reversed. Barrichello was now the challenger and DC had everything to lose and lose he did. The Ferrari number two pitted first the Maranello men took 8.5 seconds to get him in and out. Then came DC who looked like he would remain in front until a sticky fuel nozzle delayed him and Rubens was through and back into second and Ferrari ended proceedings with the perfect result and the maximum 16 points.




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