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Schumacher edges closer


Seven times world champion Michael Schumacher has edged one point closer to 2006 Formula 1 points leader Fernando Alonso after last Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix.

Though neither driver finished, Schumacher picked up one drivers’ series point after Polish driver Robert Kubica was disqualified when a post-race inspection found him McLaren-Mercedes was 2kg underweight.

Kubica had finished seventh, and his exclusion promoted Ferrari’s Felipe Massa to that placing. Schumacher who had been classified ninth after dropping out three laps from the end, was elevate into eighth and into the points.

He’s now 10 points behind Alonso whose Renault retired with a broken driveshaft on Sunday.

With five races left, Schumacher is still in with a chance of taking the title.

In the constructors’ battle, Ferrari has also closed in on Renault, and is now seven behind.

Formula 1 points standings (top six).
Drivers’: Fernando Alonso, Renault, 100; Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, 90; Felipe Massa, Ferrari, 52; Giancarlo Fisichella, Renault, 49; Kimi Raikkonen, McLaren-Mercedes, 49’ Jenson Button, Honda, 31.
Constructors’: Renault, 149; Ferrari, 142; McLaren-Mercedes, 85; Honda, 52; BMW-Sauber, 26; Toyota, 26.

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