Schumacher Close To Fifth Title

After dominating the Grand Prix of Great Britain Sunday, Michael Schumacher could possibly win his record-tying fifth World Championship at the Grand Prix of France in two weeks and make the last six races astonishingly moot.

On a rainy afternoon in Silverstone, Schumacher took the lead away from pole sitter Juan Pablo Montoya on Lap 16 and held the lead through the next 44 laps. Though Ferrari driver Rubens Barrichello and Montoya fought back and forth for second and third places neither could come close to Schumacher. The German beat out his teammate by nearly 15 second. Montoya finished third, more than 30 seconds behind the leader.

“I am delighted because it was a very special race today,” Schumacher said. “It was all or nothing at various moments. It is number 60 and Silverstone hasn't given me too many victories. And in terms of the championship it is obviously ideal to finish again like that.”

In the rainy conditions the tire battle between Michelin and Bridgestone became significant for the charge for first.

As soon as it started drizzling, it looked like actually a slick tire was better in the damp conditions and I was a bit quicker than Michael,” said Montoya who won his fourth straight pole this weekend. “As soon as it dried he would catch me again. He was a lot quicker at the time, you can see on the lap times, he was about two seconds quicker, his fastest lap, than mine.

“From then on, I really couldn't do anything. I came out of the pits with an eight second lead and it took him two laps. I was pushing really hard trying to do something but it was impossible.”

BAR teammates Jacques Villeneuve and Olivier Panis finished fourth and fifth to give the team its first points since the Grand Prix of Germany last Spring and its first under new boss Craig Richards. Nick Heidfeld overtook Giancarlo Fisichella on Lap 48 for sixth place, his eighth point of the season.

Schumacher leads Barrichello by 54 points with seven races left and one more win would give Schumacher 64. The most points a driver can win in a race are 10, with a win. Schumacher would at least be able to at least tie for the World Championship if he finishes second, earning him six points.

The second through fifth place drivers in the standings right now are separated by just six points, so a battle for second place in the standings will likely ensue and become the focus for all teams. Montoya is currently third in the standings, one point behind Barrichello, while Ralf Schumacher is fourth, two points behind the Brazilian.

David Coulthard, who is coming off his second straight 10th or worse performance in Silverstone, is sixty points behind the leader and sixth points behind Barrichello.

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Grand Prix of Brazil

@ Sao Paulo, Brazil
Sunday, November 24, 2013

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