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50 Comparative Victories:
Prost vs Schumacher

Richard Barnes, Marcel Borsboom, Marcel Schot, David Wright
Atlas F1 Staff Writers
Atlas F1 Magazine - August 2001
The 2001 Hungarian Grand Prix marked Michael Schumacher's 51st and record-equalling Grand Prix win. The German also marked a decade of racing and wrapped up his fourth World Championship while at it. Schumacher's victory tally is impressive - but is it also equal in quality to that of Alain Prost's? Does the decade separating them also mark a different caliber of achievements? Atlas F1 puts this to the test: it's Schumacher Vs Prost, mano a mano, win versus win


Rating Methodology: 5 stars are awarded to wins which are considered exceptional, such as races that are won by large margins or from seemingly impossible positions; 4 stars are awarded to wins that are above average, such as a dominant win from pole position, or passing several cars to take the lead; 3 stars are awarded to average, expected wins; 2 stars are awarded to below average wins, such as those inherited due to others' misfortune; and 1 star is awarded to wins that are clearly undeserving or below average, such as inherited wins involving team orders or wins obtained in dubious circumstances.

       Win #1       

1981 French Grand Prix; Dijon

Rating: * * *

Grid Position: 3
Fastest Lap: 1
Laps Led: 22
Weather: dry
Team: Renault

AP: Alain Prost joined the Formula One circus at the start of the 1980 season. With the McLaren team, he achieved some point finishes, but nothing spectacular. For 1981 he moved to Renault, where a lack of reliability hurt the first half of the season.

Prost's first victory happened in a curious race. After having qualified in third position, the start was complete chaos as the lights behaved unusually. Prost maintained his position and quickly moved past John Watson into second. Just before three quarter distance, the race was red flagged as heavy rain made racing impossible. In the restart, Prost got away quickest and extended his lead enough to overcome the seven second deficit he had towards Nelson Piquet from the first part of the race.


1992 Belgian GP; Spa-Francorchamps

Rating: * * * *

Grid Position: 3
Fastest Lap: 1
Laps Led: 11
Weather: wet
Team: Benetton/Ford

MS: Michael Schumacher made his Formula One debut for Jordan just after halfway through the 1991 season. Benetton quickly secured his services for the remainder of the season and into the future. Schumacher immediately impressed by beating his experienced teammate Nelson Piquet from day one.

Exactly a year after his debut, the German scored his first win. A dry start with rain coming in after just a few laps mixed up the field and for a long time Schumacher ran in fourth, stuck behind Riccardo Patrese. As it dried, Schumacher was the first driver to switch back to slicks. Brundle and Patrese followed a lap later and Mansell yet another lap later. In the end, Schumacher's timing proved to have been perfect, as he had built a huge lead in the laps the other drivers were still on wets.



       Win #2       

1981 Dutch Grand Prix; Zandvoort

Rating: * * *

Grid Position: 1
Fastest Lap: 3
Laps Led: 71
Weather: dry
Team: Renault

AP: After having claimed pole position, Alain Prost was able to stay ahead, with Williams driver Alan Jones giving him a very hard time in the first half of the race. After that, the Australian's tyres faded and Prost was able to cruise home easily.

1993 Portuguese Grand Prix; Estoril

Rating: * * *

Grid Position: 6
Fastest Lap: 3
Laps Led: 42
Weather: dry
Team: Benetton/Ford

MS: In a close battle between Schumacher and Alain Prost, the longer pitstop of the Frenchman proved to be a major contributor to the end result. Schumacher stopped earlier than Prost, who stopped eight laps later. Prost quickly reduced Schumacher's seven second lead, then for the last twenty laps they ran nose to tail. Schumacher didn't budge and Prost didn't risk a retirement, as he was on his way to the championship.



       Win #3       

1981 Italian Grand Prix; Monza

Rating: * * * *

Grid Position: 3
Fastest Lap: 4
Laps Led: 52
Weather: dry
Team: Renault

AP: The Frenchman's third win was a dominant one, as he led from start to finish after having qualified in third. He stormed away to a 15 second lead after 15 laps and was already able to start cruising home, eventually finishing 23 seconds ahead of World Champion Alan Jones.

1994 Brazilian Grand Prix; Interlagos

Rating: * * *

Grid Position: 2
Fastest Lap: 1
Laps Led: 50
Weather: dry
Team: Benetton/Ford

MS: After initially falling behind Alesi at the start, Schumacher was quickly on his way towards leader Ayrton Senna. After 22 laps, both Senna and Schumacher came in at the same time and with a perfectly executed pitstop, Schumacher grabbed the lead. When Senna spun off after 55 laps, Schumacher had nothing to fear and easily cruised to victory.



       Win #4       

1982 South African Grand Prix; Kyalami

Rating: * * * * *

Grid Position: 5
Fastest Lap: 1
Laps Led: 37
Weather: dry
Team: Renault

AP: After a troubled qualifying session, the Frenchman started the race from fifth. After a bad start by Piquet, Prost was in second behind his teammate Rene Arnoux, who he followed closely. After 14 laps, Prost overtook his teammate, slowly building a lead of ten seconds, after which a tyre deflated on the 41st lap. He returned to the pits slowly for fresh rubber and rejoined almost a lap behind. The Frenchman then drove an incredible race, and by lap 68 he was once again the leader, as Arnoux was now having tyre problems. In the end, Prost finished the race some 20 seconds ahead of Carlos Reutemann.

1994 Pacific Grand Prix; TI Circuit

Rating: * * * *

Grid Position: 2
Fastest Lap: 1
Laps Led: 83
Weather: dry
Team: Benetton/Ford

MS: In a dominant display, Schumacher beat pole sitter Senna off the line and when the Brazilian was caught up in a first corner collision with Hakkinen and Larini, the race was almost already over. Schumacher stormed away, eventually finishing well over a minute ahead of the rest.



       Win #5       

1982 Brazilian Grand Prix; Jacarepagua

Rating: * *

Grid Position: 1
Fastest Lap: 1
Laps Led: 0
Weather: dry
Team: Renault

AP: In Brazil, Prost started from pole, but a bad opening phase saw him down in seventh after twenty laps, in a battle with Reutemann, Arnoux, Lauda and Watson. Courtesy of Reutemann, who managed to take himself, Arnoux and Lauda out in two separate incidents within a lap, Prost moved up to fifth. This became fourth when Gilles Villeneuve retired, and third when Riccardo Patrese abandoned the race. He remained in third until the chequered flag dropped. However, Nelson Piquet and Keke Rosberg were subsequently disqualified for being underweight and Alain Prost was awarded the victory.

1994 San Marino Grand Prix; Imola

Rating: * * *

Grid Position: 2
Fastest Lap: 2
Laps Led: 47
Weather: dry
Team: Benetton/Ford

MS: Without a doubt, this was Schumacher's least satisfying win. While Schumacher completely dominated the second half of the race, finishing a minute ahead of the rest, the fact that Ayrton Senna was killed just a few laps before, made this one almost unwanted.



       Win #6       

1983 French Grand Prix; Paul Ricard

Rating: * * *

Grid Position: 1
Fastest Lap: 1
Laps Led: 51
Weather: dry
Team: Renault

AP: In qualifying, Prost was simply stunning, taking pole by over two seconds over the rest of the field. In the race he was able to maintain his leading status until his pitstop took longer than planned. Piquet briefly took over, but he too had to stop and Prost was able to take the lead again, eventually cruising to an easy win.

1994 Monaco Grand Prix; Monte Carlo

Rating: * * * *

Grid Position: 1
Fastest Lap: 1
Laps Led: 78
Weather: dry
Team: Benetton/Ford

MS: In a very dominating performace, Schumacher took pole, win and fastest lap, leading from start to finish and ending up 37 seconds ahead of McLaren's Martin Brundle.



       Win #7       

1983 Belgian GP; Spa-Francorchamps

Rating: * *

Grid Position: 1
Fastest Lap: 2
Laps Led: 21
Weather: dry
Team: Renault

AP: Starting from pole, Prost was surprised by a lightning start by Alfa driver Andrea de Cesaris. Much to everyone's surprise, the Italian stayed ahead, building on a small lead as the race progressed. Back in second, Prost was able to build a comfortable gap over Piquet, so when de Cesaris's pitstop was ruined by his crew, Prost took a comfortable lead, which he brought home well.

1994 Canadian Grand Prix; Montreal

Rating: * * * *

Grid Position: 1
Fastest Lap: 1
Laps Led: 69
Weather: dry
Team: Benetton/Ford

MS: In what looked like a Monaco re-run, Schumacher again destroyed the opposition with pole, fastest lap and a lights-to-flag win.



       Win #8       

1983 British Grand Prix; Silverstone

Rating: * * *

Grid Position: 3
Fastest Lap: 1
Laps Led: 43
Weather: dry
Team: Renault

AP: After having qualified in third, Prost got a good start and kept his position. After having pressured Rene Arnoux in the Ferrari for the first 14 laps, he succeeded in grabbing second place and quickly thereafter moved past Patrick Tambay in the other Ferrari to claim the lead. The Frenchman pulled out a decisive lead, which he maintained until the end.

1994 French Grand Prix; Magny-Cours

Rating: * * *

Grid Position: 3
Fastest Lap: 2
Laps Led: 65
Weather: dry
Team: Benetton/Ford

MS: For once Michael Schumacher didn't qualify on pole, but a perfect start gave him the lead rightaway. Damon Hill briefly led the race between pitstops, but in the end the German was left unchallenged.



       Win #9       

1983 Austrian Grand Prix; Osterreichring

Rating: * *

Grid Position: 5
Fastest Lap: 1
Laps Led: 6
Weather: dry
Team: Renault

AP: After a rather mediocre qualifying performance, which saw him in fifth, Alain Prost took fourth at the start and after his pitstop moved up thanks to retirements ahead of him. After 38 laps, he moved up another place when Piquet experienced technical problems. Ten laps later, the Frenchman was able to take the lead, as Rene Arnoux's gearbox lost a gear. With the competition in trouble, Prost easily picked up his ninth win.

1994 Hungarian Grand Prix; Hungaroring

Rating: * * *

Grid Position: 1
Fastest Lap: 1
Laps Led: 68
Weather: dry
Team: Benetton/Ford

MS: Being on a three stopper against Hill's two stopper meant that Schumacher had to push hard all the way. However, Hill only led between their respective first pitstops. In the end, Benetton's tactic worked best, giving Schumacher breathing room in the last part of the race, finishing twenty seconds ahead.



       Win #10       

1984 Brazilian Grand Prix; Jacarepagua

Rating: * * * *

Grid Position: 4
Fastest Lap: 1
Laps Led: 12
Weather: dry
Team: McLaren/TAG

AP: With an absolutely terrible start, which dropped him from fourth to tenth, this came as a surprise victory for Alain Prost. In a display of cool driving, he overtook driver after driver. While many cars retired behind him, Prost kept his car in one piece and eventually brought it home some 40 seconds ahead of Rosberg.

1994 European Grand Prix; Jerez

Rating: * * *

Grid Position: 1
Fastest Lap: 1
Laps Led: 50
Weather: dry
Team: Benetton/Ford

MS: Again it was Schumacher's three stops versus Hill's two that brought victory. However, it didn't appear like that in the beginning. Hill took the lead at the start and remained there until his pitstop. After that, Schumacher was able to take profit from constantly driving on fresher rubber with less fuel aboard.


       Win #11       

1984 San Marino Grand Prix; Imola

Rating: * * *

Grid Position: 2
Fastest Lap: 3
Laps Led: 60
Weather: dry
Team: McLaren/TAG

AP: This was a dominant win after beating pole sitter Piquet into the first corner. Prost moved away at a rate of a second per lap and was only hampered by a 360 degree spin when he locked a brake.


1995 Brazilian Grand Prix; Interlagos

Rating: * *

Grid Position: 2
Fastest Lap: 1
Laps Led: 47
Weather: dry
Team: Benetton/Renault

MS: After beating Damon Hill at the start, Schumacher kept the lead in a close battle with the Briton. Until Schumacher's first stop they ran close together, but in the laps between their pitstops, Hill managed to go quickly enough to stay ahead. Fortunately for Schumacher, Hill's rear suspension broke after 30 laps. After that he was never really in trouble, as his three stop strategy worked better than Coulthard's two stopper.



       Win #12       

1984 Monaco Grand Prix; Monte Carlo

Rating: * * *

Grid Position: 1
Fastest Lap: 7
Laps Led: 26
Weather: wet
Team: McLaren/TAG

AP: In this legendary race, Prost confronted Ayrton Senna for the first time. In the worst of conditions, the Frenchman stayed ahead of the field, firstly chased by Nigel Mansell and later by young guns Senna and Stefan Bellof. However, after 31 laps the race was stopped because the rain had made the track undriveable. The race didn't restart and so the drivers were awarded half points.

1995 Spanish Grand Prix; Barcelona

Rating: * * *

Grid Position: 1
Fastest Lap: 2
Laps Led: 65
Weather: dry
Team: Benetton/Renault

MS: The German took this one from lights-to-chequered flag. A very good first stint gave Schumacher the advantage to opt for two stops rather than three. When Hill's hydraulic system failed on the last lap, the gap increased from 25 to 51 seconds and saw Schumacher's teammate Johnny Herbert take second place.



       Win #13       

1984 German Grand Prix; Hockenheim

Rating: * * *

Grid Position: 1
Fastest Lap: 1
Laps Led: 23
Weather: dry
Team: McLaren/TAG

AP: At the start, Elio de Angelis beat pole sitter Prost, but after eight laps the engine in the Italian's car went up in smoke. However, Prost was caught by surprise and Nelson Piquet took the lead. Prost took the lead when Piquet's gearbox failed after 22 laps and won unchallenged.

1995 Monaco Grand Prix; Monte Carlo

Rating: * * *

Grid Position: 1
Fastest Lap: 2
Laps Led: 54
Weather: dry
Team: Benetton/Renault

MS: Pole sitter Damon Hill got a good start and at the tight Monaco circuit, that meant Schumacher was stuck behind him. However, Hill was on a two stop strategy while Schumacher was on a one stopper. After Hill stopped, the German was able to drive a second per lap faster, now only having to take care of Jean Alesi behind him. Once the French-Sicilian retired after a collision, the way was paved for Schumacher to take the victory.



       Win #14       

1984 Dutch Grand Prix; Zandvoort

Rating: * * *

Grid Position: 1
Fastest Lap: 2
Laps Led: 61
Weather: dry
Team: McLaren/TAG

AP: After another pole position, Alain Prost was again beaten by Piquet into the first corner. The Brazilian built a small lead, but after only ten laps he was sidelined with a lack of oil pressure. Prost now had a comfortable lead over teammate Niki Lauda. The Austrian was able to close in during the first half of the race, but after that, things settled and Prost went home with the victory.

1995 French Grand Prix; Magny-Cours

Rating: * * *

Grid Position: 2
Fastest Lap: 1
Laps Led: 51
Weather: dry
Team: Benetton/Renault

MS: To say that Hill and Schumacher were running closely together at the start of the race would be an understatement. Until Schumacher pitted after 20 laps, there was little more than a straw between the two, with Hill just having the edge. With Schumacher's second stint being longer, he was then able to keep the lead and bring home the victory.



       Win #15       

1984 European Grand Prix; Nurburgring

Rating: * * *

Grid Position: 2
Fastest Lap: 6
Laps Led: 67
Weather: dry
Team: McLaren/TAG

AP: In the first race at the new Nurburgring, Alain Prost was never challenged. This time around, Piquet was the pole sitter and Prost the leader in the first corner. The Frenchman never let go of the lead and finished over twenty seconds ahead.

1995 German Grand Prix; Hockenheim

Rating: * * *

Grid Position: 2
Fastest Lap: 1
Laps Led: 40
Weather: dry
Team: Benetton/Renault

MS: The German's big rival, Damon Hill, spun off while leading at the start of lap two, leaving the Benetton driver a considerably easier time in his home Grand Prix. David Coulthard was able to push him, but eventually Schumacher's two stop strategy proved to be faster.



       Win #16       

1984 Portuguese Grand Prix; Estoril

Rating: * * *

Grid Position: 2
Fastest Lap: 2
Laps Led: 62
Weather: dry
Team: McLaren/TAG

AP: Again the front row was Piquet on pole and Prost next to him. However, Rosberg had a lightning start and went into the lead, followed by Mansell and Prost. The Frenchman quickly took back second from Mansell and after nine laps he moved into the lead. Once in the lead, he could really drive his own pace and quickly moved away from the rest.

1995 Belgium GP; Spa-Francorchamps

Rating: * * * * *

Grid Position: 16
Fastest Lap: 2
Laps Led: 25
Weather: dry/wet
Team: Benetton/Renault

MS: After rain in qualifying caught Schumacher by surprise, the German qualified way back on the grid in 16th. Despite this disadvantage, he got off to a brilliant start and by lap two he was in eighth. After 16 laps he amazingly moved into the lead. However, at around this point in the race, the skies opened and the rain came down. Schumacher, however, opted to stay on slicks for as long as possible. Hill, on wets, was much faster, but Schumacher did everything to defend his position. With the rain going away, Hill, who eventually managed to take the lead, had to stop another time for slicks, giving Schumacher a comfortable lead. The rain then returned heavier than ever, with the safety car reducing the gap to nothing. The sting was then taken out of the race, as Hill had to serve a stop and go penalty for pitlane speeding.



       Win #17       

1985 Brazilian GP; Jacarepagua

Rating: * * * *

Grid Position: 6
Fastest Lap: 1
Laps Led: 44
Weather: dry
Team: McLaren/TAG

AP: After qualifying sixth, Prost moved into third on the first lap, staying close behind Ferrari's Michele Alboreto. Keke Rosberg quickly built a four second lead, but after nine laps he retired. Prost was now pushing Alboreto to the limit until he moved past the Italian and into the lead after 18 laps. From that moment on, Prost dominated the race completely, with a 25 second gap by mid-distance. After that he cruised home.

1995 European Grand Prix; Nurburgring

Rating: * * * * *

Grid Position: 3
Fastest Lap: 1
Laps Led: 3
Weather: dry/wet
Team: Benetton/Renault

MS: In cold and initially wet conditions, Schumacher moved into second at the start, behind Coulthard. When the track dried, Jean Alesi was the big winner, as the French-Sicilian had started on slicks. Schumacher, switching to slicks, returned to the track in third, but quickly found his way past Coulthard. On his way to Alesi, the German is helped by Mika Hakkinen, who holds up Alesi for a couple of laps when being lapped. Three laps from the end, Schumacher moves past Alesi in a breathtaking move in the Veedol chicane to grab an unexpected yet brilliant win.



       Win #18       

1985 Monaco Grand Prix; Monte Carlo

Rating: * * * *

Grid Position: 5
Fastest Lap: 2
Laps Led: 53
Weather: dry
Team: McLaren/TAG

AP: Qualifying fifth at Monaco usually means trouble, but with Mansell dropping back quickly and Senna's engine failing after 13 laps, Prost soon found himself battling for the lead with Alboreto. After trading places throughout the first half of the race, Prost took command in the second half and won by seven seconds.

1995 Pacific Grand Prix; TI-Circuit

Rating: * * *

Grid Position: 3
Fastest Lap: 1
Laps Led: 34
Weather: dry
Team: Benetton/Renault

MS: After a bad start, Schumacher found himself in fourth, but a perfectly executed pitstop moved him past Alesi and Hill into second. At the second stop, Schumacher went in earlier than Coulthard, who subsequently ran into traffic before his stop, which allowed Schumacher to build a gap before making a third stop. Schumacher kept the edge, and took the win and the Championship.



       Win #19       

1985 British Grand Prix; Silverstone

Rating: * * *

Grid Position: 3
Fastest Lap: 1
Laps Led: 7
Weather: dry
Team: McLaren/TAG

AP: After a mediocre start, the Frenchman found himself stuck behind Ligier driver Andrea de Cesaris. Meanwhile Senna, Rosberg and Mansell moved away. Once Prost got past the Ligier, he immediatelly put the pedal to the metal. Rosberg retired while Senna was now ten seconds ahead. Halfway through the race, Prost was all over Senna, but passing him proved impossible. However, with four laps to go, Senna retired suddenly after having run out of fuel. Prost gratefully accepted the win, having lapped the rest of the field.

1995 Japanese Grand Prix; Suzuka

Rating: * * *

Grid Position: 1
Fastest Lap: 1
Laps Led: 48
Weather: wet
Team: Benetton/Renault

MS: The Japanese Grand Prix was one where Schumacher won by staying out of trouble. The first to run into trouble behind the German was Jean Alesi, who got a stop and go penalty after a jump start. Alesi then drove a tremendous race, but just as he was right on Schumacher's tail his transmission failed. This left firstly Hill and then Coulthard behind Schumacher, but both Williams drivers spun off in the Spoon curve, leaving second position to Mika Hakkinen, some twenty seconds behind Schumacher.



       Win #20       

1985 Austrian Grand Prix; Osterreichring

Rating: * *

Grid Position: 1
Fastest Lap: 1
Laps Led: 38
Weather: dry
Team: McLaren/TAG

AP: In this race, only teammate Niki Lauda was able to follow Prost after having been stuck behind Rosberg. Just as Lauda caught up with his teammate, Prost had to pit and Lauda moved into the lead. Prost closed in at about half a second per lap, but it looked like he wouldn't make it. That was until Lauda's engine failed after 38 laps. After that, Prost was home free.

1996 Spanish Grand Prix; Barcelona

Rating: * * * * *

Grid Position: 3
Fastest Lap: 1
Laps Led: 54
Weather: wet
Team: Ferrari

MS: After qualifying third, Schumacher made the worst of starts, dropping back to sixth place. The conditions were horrible, with heavy rain falling. The Ferrari driver, however, was like a fish in the water. Driving two seconds per lap faster than anybody else, he soon made his way to the top. After 12 laps, he took the lead, only to really start putting the pedal to the metal. At a rate of four seconds per lap, Schumacher ran away from the field, and after 24 laps he was 40 seconds ahead. After his first stop he continued at the same rate, moving over 70 seconds ahead after 40 laps, taking it easy towards the finish.


       Win #21       

1985 Italian Grand Prix; Monza

Rating: * * *

Grid Position: 5
Fastest Lap: 3
Laps Led: 19
Weather: dry
Team: McLaren/TAG

AP: A good start and a consistent race without pitstops brought Prost the win. Keke Rosberg's single stop appeared to give the Finn the edge, but towards the end of the race his engine failed, rewarding Prost for having kept up with him, despite tyres which had been on the car from the start.


1996 Belgian GP; Spa-Francorchamps

Rating: * * * *

Grid Position: 3
Fastest Lap: 4
Laps Led: 18
Weather: dry
Team: Ferrari

MS: At the start, Schumacher took profit of Hill's bad start and claimed second behind Villeneuve. When the safety car came out because of Verstappen's accident, Schumacher pitted. Villeneuve stayed out for two more laps, returning behind the German. Hakkinen and Coulthard were now leading, as they were on a one stop strategy. After the second stops, Schumacher resumed just ahead of Villeneuve. It remained this way until five laps from the end, when Villeneuve settled for second.



       Win #22       

1986 San Marino Grand Prix; Imola

Rating: * * * *

Grid Position: 4
Fastest Lap: 3
Laps Led: 28
Weather: dry
Team: McLaren/TAG

AP: Once again, the fight was between Prost, Piquet and Rosberg. The Brazilian moved out to an early lead, but by the time of the pitstops, the three were running closely together. After the stop, things were over quickly; Prost pulled away at about a second per lap, while Piquet's race turned into a disaster. Towards the end, Prost eased off, as Imola was notorious for its extreme fuel consumption. Rosberg, in vain, tried to catch up, with the result being that the Finn ran out of fuel just before the end of the race.

1996 Italian Grand Prix; Monza

Rating: * * * *

Grid Position: 3
Fastest Lap: 1
Laps Led: 23
Weather: dry
Team: Ferrari

MS: After a bad start, dropping to sixth, Schumacher quickly moved up the order, settling in third behind Hill and Alesi after three laps. As Hill spun off after hitting tyres, Schumacher was left with the task to catch up with Alesi. This he did and his pitstop two laps after Alesi did the rest. In the final part of the race, Schumacher was simply flying, running seven tenths of a second faster than Alesi.



       Win #23       

1986 Monaco Grand Prix; Monte Carlo

Rating: * * *

Grid Position: 1
Fastest Lap: 1
Laps Led: 71
Weather: dry
Team: McLaren/TAG

AP: Due to a good strategy, Prost was able to dominate the race from start to finish. The Frenchman was half a second faster in every stage of the race, only handing the lead to Ayrton Senna briefly because the Brazilian stopped later.

1997 Monaco Grand Prix; Monte Carlo

Rating: * * * *

Grid Position: 2
Fastest Lap: 1
Laps Led: 62
Weather: wet
Team: Ferrari

MS: Thanks to a decision to start on intermediates, Schumacher outsmarted the competition. In a league of his own, he moved away at a pace of nearly five seconds a lap, 30 seconds ahead after just five laps. After 32 laps he pitted, coming out again twenty seconds ahead of Barrichello in second. As Barrichello still had to stop, there was no way anybody could catch Schumacher. After 53 laps, there was a little scare, when Schumacher locked up and went down the escape road to avoid the Ste Devote barriers, but his lead was still 53 seconds at the flag.



       Win #24       

1986 Austrian Grand Prix; Osterreichring

Rating: * *

Grid Position: 5
Fastest Lap: 2
Laps Led: 24
Weather: dry
Team: McLaren/TAG

AP: In a surprising opening phase, the Benettons of Fabi and Berger built a nice lead, while Prost was busy fending off Nigel Mansell. However, Fabi's engine didn't last long. Prost was then further helped by Berger's battery failing, making a very long stop necessary for the local hero. Just after Mansell's stop, the Briton also suffered a failure, handing Prost an easy win.

1997 Canadian Grand Prix; Montreal

Rating: * *

Grid Position: 1
Fastest Lap: 3
Laps Led: 34
Weather: dry
Team: Ferrari

MS: The Ferrari driver's three stop strategy appeared to be wrong for a long time, until McLaren pulled in Coulthard for a quick set of new rubber, convinced they had enough time to keep their driver in the lead. They indeed had, but when driving away, the Scotsman's engine stalled, allowing Schumacher to take a lucky win in a race shortened because of an accident involving Olivier Panis.



       Win #25       

1986 Australian Grand Prix; Adelaide

Rating: * * *

Grid Position: 4
Fastest Lap: 2
Laps Led: 18
Weather: dry
Team: McLaren/TAG

AP: This race was all about tyres. Alain Prost was actually the first to experience problems. The Frenchman pitted after 31 laps and went chasing after Piquet and Mansell. Then runaway leader Keke Rosberg blew a tyre, soon followed spectacularly by Nigel Mansell. Shocked, the Williams team pulled in its second ace in the World Championship decider, Piquet, and so Prost took the win and thus the Championship.

1997 French Grand Prix; Magny-Cours

Rating: * * *

Grid Position: 1
Fastest Lap: 1
Laps Led: 70
Weather: dry/wet
Team: Ferrari

MS: The German was in command all weekend and was further helped by the first stop of his closest follower, Heinz-Harald Frentzen. The Williams driver had to wait for Jean Alesi to get out of his way when driving out of his pit bay. After 43 laps, rain started coming down. While almost everyone else opted for wets, Schumacher slid around the track on slicks. This appeared to have been the right gamble, as the rain didn't get worse, and the some drivers were forced back to slicks again. Despite a minor off, Schumacher had a large enough gap to avoid taking risks, bringing home the victory with ease.



       Win #26       

1987 Brazilian Grand Prix; Jacarepagua

Rating: * * * *

Grid Position: 5
Fastest Lap: 9
Laps Led: 45
Weather: dry
Team: McLaren/TAG

AP: Good strategy and a brilliant second stint gave Prost the win, after having qualified only fifth. In the early part of the race Senna was slightly faster, but after Prost grabbed the lead on lap 21, he never looked back, eventually finishing 40 seconds ahead.

1997 Belgian GP; Spa-Francorchamps

Rating: * * * * *

Grid Position: 3
Fastest Lap: 12
Laps Led: 40
Weather: dry/wet
Team: Ferrari

MS: Spa is like a second home to Schumacher, and scene of some of his greatest victories. including this one, his third successive win at Spa. A downpour immediately prior to the race led to the unprecedented situation of starting behind the safety car. After three laps, the drivers were let loose to race, and Schumacher was in a class of his own. Opening up a lead of nearly a full minute at one stage, Schumacher romped home to a dominant victory.



       Win #27       

1987 Belgian GP; Spa-Francorchamps

Rating: * *

Grid Position: 6
Fastest Lap: 1
Laps Led: 34
Weather: dry
Team: McLaren/TAG

AP: Prost equalled Jackie Stewart's benchmark of 27 GP wins with an unspectacular and inherited win. Starting from only sixth on the grid, Prost gained places immediately when Mansell and Senna collided at the start, ending their chances. Leader Nelson Piquet's Williams also ground to a halt on lap 11 with turbo boost problems, leaving Prost and teammate Stefan Johansson unchallenged. After equalling the record, Prost looked forward to beating it. It would take a further nine GPs to achieve that.

1997 Japanese Grand Prix; Suzuka

Rating: * *

Grid Position: 2
Fastest Lap: 2
Laps Led: 25
Weather: dry
Team: Ferrari

MS: The early part of the race took on surreal proportions as Eddie Irvine charged to a huge lead in the Ferrari. Behind him, Jacques Villeneuve was holding up Schumacher, in the hope that fourth-placed Mika Hakkinen would pass or collide with the German. Villeneuve had only been allowed to start pending an appeal against his one-race ban for ignoring yellow flags, an appeal that was withdrawn by Williams after the race. Villeneuve's challenge subsided via problems at the second pitstops, allowing Irvine to move over and hand victory to Schumacher. Villeneuve's disqualification put Schumacher back on course to fight for the championshop. That challenge ended in disgrace two weeks later at Jerez.



       Win #28       

1987 Portuguese Grand Prix; Estoril

Rating: * * * *

Grid Position: 3
Fastest Lap: 2
Laps Led: 3
Weather: dry
Team: McLaren/TAG

AP: Prost finally became the most successful driver in the history of modern Formula One with his 28th GP win. True to form, Prost achieved the victory in trademark patient style, leading for only the last three laps after pole- and fastest lap-setter Gerhard Berger had spun out in the leading Ferrari. This was the highlight in a season of disappointment for McLaren.

1998 Argentinian GP; Buenos-Aires

Rating: * * * *

Grid Position: 2
Fastest Lap: 3
Laps Led: 54
Weather: dry/wet
Team: Ferrari

MS: After two straight 1-2 finishes to start the season, there was speculation and fears that McLaren would go one better than 1988 and win every race of the 1998 season. Schumacher scotched that notion with a victory of aggression and commitment. After dealing with Mika Hakkinen, Schumacher took the lead from Coulthard with a robust move, banging wheels with the Scot when the Scot ran wide at a hairpin. Although Hakkinen briefly reclaimed the lead during the stops, Schumacher would not be denied and went on to beat the Finn by 22 seconds.



       Win #29       

1988 Brazilian Grand Prix; Jacarepagua

Rating: * * *

Grid Position: 3
Fastest Lap: 3
Laps Led: 60
Weather: dry
Team: McLaren/Honda

AP: The debut race of the Prost-Senna pairing at McLaren promised so much, and turned out to be an anti-climax. The potential duel was ruined on the grid, with Senna suffering a broken gear linkage that relegated him to a pitlane start in the spare car. After blasting his way brilliantly through the field to second place, the Brazilian was disqualified for changing cars at the start, leaving Prost to cakewalk the race in a dominant car.

1998 Canadian Grand Prix; Montreal

Rating: * * *

Grid Position: 3
Fastest Lap: 1
Laps Led: 27
Weather: dry
Team: Ferrari

MS: This was a race in which Schumacher was both a sinner and saint. Even with both McLarens retiring, Schumacher's victory hopes were set back when he received a stop and go penalty for exiting the pitlane onto Heinz-Harald Frentzen's racing line, causing the Williams driver to spin into the gravel and out of the race. Schumacher and Damon Hill also resumed hostilities, with Hill swerving to block Schumacher attempt to pass him. Amidst all the controversy, Schumacher turned in some stunning laps to seal a thrilling and eventful win.



       Win #30       

1988 Monaco Grand Prix; Monte Carlo

Rating: * * *

Grid Position: 2
Fastest Lap: 2
Laps Led: 12
Weather: dry
Team: McLaren/Honda

AP: Prost and Senna were masters of the legendary street circuit, and their rivalry in the Principality dated back to 1984, when, in awful conditions, Race Director Jacky Ickx stopped the race prematurely, handing victory to Prost's McLaren ahead of a furious and fast-closing Senna in the underpowered Toleman. In 1988, and in equal cars for the first time, Senna sought to assert his dominance. And, leading comfortably 65 laps into the race, he appeared to have done just that - until a momentary loss of concentration pitched him into the barriers just before the tunnel. Prost delighted in the unexpected victory, while a devastated and uncommunicative Senna went straight home for some serious soul-searching.

1998 French Grand Prix; Magny-Cours

Rating: * *

Grid Position: 2
Fastest Lap: 2
Laps Led: 70
Weather: dry
Team: Ferrari

MS: A brilliant start launched the Ferrari pair of Schumacher and Eddie Irvine past the McLarens of pole sitter Mika Hakkinen and David Coulthard. A spin for Hakkinen and refuelling problems for Coulthard allowed Irvine to cling on to second, providing the buffer that Schumacher needed for a comfortable victory.


       Win #31       

1988 Mexican GP; Hermanos Rodriguez

Rating: * * *

Grid Position: 2
Fastest Lap: 1
Laps Led: 67
Weather: dry
Team: McLaren/Honda

AP: Senna's qualifying superiority came to nought as Prost's superior start decided the race. Prost led from the lights, with Senna stuck behind Piquet's Lotus in third. Senna quickly reclaimed second but Prost already had the advantage he needed, and led narrowly but comfortably to the finish.


1998 British Grand Prix; Silverstone

Rating: *

Grid Position: 2
Fastest Lap: 1
Laps Led: 10
Weather: dry/wet
Team: Ferrari

MS: Schumacher's regenmeister reputation took a dip as Mika Hakkinen outpaced him in the wet at Silverstone. Then Hakkinen spun spectacularly, slightly damaging the car, affecting the handling. Helped by a safety car period, Schumacher was able to close the gap and pass Hakkinen once racing resumed. However, before the safety car came out Schumacher passed under yellow flags, but it took until just a few laps from the end before the penalty was announced. He took it on the very last lap, securing victory in pit lane! Controversy ensued, with the stewards being held responsible for the mix-up, allowing Schumacher to retain a win which he might not have deserved.



       Win #32       

1988 French Grand Prix; Paul Ricard

Rating: * * * * *

Grid Position: 1
Fastest Lap: 1
Laps Led: 56
Weather: dry
Team: McLaren/Honda

AP: Prost had been harbouring suspicions that Honda were not treating him fairly. When he finally got the engine modifications he'd been asking for in France, he added weight to some McLaren team-members' opinion that, in equal and perfect cars, Prost was the faster of the two. For once upstaging Senna during qualifying, Prost went on to comprehensively outrace the Brazilian and win by more than thirty seconds. In two troubled years with Senna at McLaren, this was Prost's greatest moment.

1998 Hungarian Grand Prix; Hungaroring

Rating: * * * * *

Grid Position: 3
Fastest Lap: 1
Laps Led: 31
Weather: dry
Team: Ferrari

MS: One of the German's greatest wins ever. Stuck behind the McLarens, Schumacher and Ross Brawn had to manufacture a strategy to gain track position. They did it by running three stops to McLaren's two. Schumacher received some help as mechanical problems affected Mika Hakkinen's car. Nevertheless, his jaw-dropping display of turning in the hot laps when they were really needed made this a truly great victory.



       Win #33       

1988 Portuguese Grand Prix; Estoril

Rating: * * *

Grid Position: 1
Fastest Lap: 3
Laps Led: 69
Weather: dry
Team: McLaren/Honda

AP: This race marked the escalation of the Prost-Senna feud. At the start, pole-sitter Prost moved over onto Senna's line but the Brazilian refused to give way, taking the lead. At the end of the first lap, Prost pulled out of Senna's slipstream on the pit straight, threatening to take the lead. Senna retaliated by moving over aggressively, almost forcing Prost into the pitwall. Ultimately, it was all for nothing, as fuel consumption problems dropped Senna to sixth. The victory left Prost with a bitter after-taste, and sparked the enmity that would see the two clash at Suzuka in both 1989 and 1990.

1998 Italian Grand Prix; Monza

Rating: * * *

Grid Position: 1
Fastest Lap: 2
Laps Led: 34
Weather: dry
Team: Ferrari

MS: After the disappointment at Spa, where Schumacher collided with David Coulthard while leading, the German's championship hopes seemed doomed. A win in front of the delighted tifosi was well deserved. When leader David Coulthard's engine blew, Mika Hakkinen was momentarily unsighted by the smoke, allowing Schumacher to pull off an audacious overtaking move for the lead. Brake problems later dropped Hakkinen down the field as Schumacher headed for glory.



       Win #34       

1988 Spanish Grand Prix; Jerez

Rating: * * * *

Grid Position: 2
Fastest Lap: 1
Laps Led: 72
Weather: dry
Team: McLaren/Honda

AP: Spain was always a happy hunting ground for Prost, and especially so in 1988. After being outqualified by Senna yet again, Prost got the drop on the Brazilian at the start, scampering away to a 27-second victory. Senna wasted fuel and destroyed his tyres in a frustrated effort to get past Mansell's Ferrari in second, and eventually finished fourth.

1999 San Marino Grand Prix; Imola

Rating: * *

Grid Position: 3
Fastest Lap: 1
Laps Led: 27
Weather: dry
Team: Ferrari

MS: For the second year in succession, Ferrari appeared to have no answer to McLaren's blistering early-season pace. Mika Hakkinen led easily from pole until a rare driving error on lap 17 crashed him out of contention. David Coulthard was unable to match teammate Hakkinen's pace, and Schumacher held on for a narrow victory, reviving Ferrari's hopes of championship glory.



       Win #35       

1988 Australian Grand Prix; Adelaide

Rating: * * *

Grid Position: 2
Fastest Lap: 1
Laps Led: 70
Weather: dry
Team: McLaren/Honda

AP: After one of their closest battles for pole position, Prost again had to settle for second on the grid. Senna merely had to finish in the points to clinch the WDC, and seemed content to let Prost lead the race from the start. After losing the lead to Berger, Prost regained it when the Austrian collided with Rene Arnoux's lapped Ligier. Prost eventually won by 37 seconds, although the margin was misleading - Senna was never going to risk mechanical failure in challenging him.

1999 Monaco Grand Prix; Monte Carlo

Rating: * * * *

Grid Position: 2
Fastest Lap: 2
Laps Led: 78
Weather: dry
Team: Ferrari

MS: Schumacher showed peerless form around the streets of Monte Carlo. Despite the handicap of starting second, Schumacher's start was perfect, leading both McLarens to into Ste Devote. From there, Schumacher sauntered away to his fourth Monaco victory, the last victory before his season-ending crash at Silverstone.



       Win #36       

1989 US Grand Prix; Phoenix

Rating: * * *

Grid Position: 2
Fastest Lap: 2
Laps Led: 42
Weather: dry
Team: McLaren/Honda

AP: No doubt intimidated by teammate Senna's searing pace around the Phoenix street circuit, Prost crashed during Saturday practice. It was the first monocoque he had broken since joining McLaren six years earlier, testament to his cautious and car-preserving style. During the race, both McLarens suffered problems, Prost with overheating and Senna with a misfire. Prost backed off and the problem resolved itself, Senna's misfire became terminal. In a race of high attrition, and which had to be stopped prematurely because it had reached the two-hour time limit, Prost's victory promoted him past Senna into a two-point WDC lead.

2000 Australian GP; Melbourne

Rating: * *

Grid Position: 3
Fastest Lap: 2
Laps Led: 33
Weather: dry
Team: Ferrari

MS: Schumacher inherited victory when the pair of the leading McLarens, which he was closely chasing, retired. Both McLaren and Ferrari claimed that they had the race under control but superior reliability won the day. Rubens Barrichello caused a stir by passing his team leader, but he still had a pit-stop to make, restoring the order for a Ferrari 1-2.



       Win #37       

1989 French Grand Prix; Paul Ricard

Rating: * *

Grid Position: 1
Fastest Lap: 3
Laps Led: 80
Weather: dry
Team: McLaren/Honda

AP: An enormous start-line shunt resulted in Mauricio Gugelmin's Leyton-House March cart-wheeling over the cars in front of him. At the restart, Senna was an early casualty, his McLaren suffering from differential problems. A young Jean Alesi was sensational, manhandling his Tyrrell from sixteenth on the grid right up to second, before finishing in eventual fourth place. In the only surviving McLaren, Prost did no more than was necessary to win his home Grand Prix in his unspectacular style.

2000 Brazilian Grand Prix; Interlagos

Rating: * * *

Grid Position: 3
Fastest Lap: 1
Laps Led: 61
Weather: dry
Team: Ferrari

MS: With an all-McLaren front row for the second race of the season, Schumacher chose an unconventional two-stop strategy to try to gain track position. Initially it looked like a stroke of genius, as Schumacher blasted past leader Hakkinen on lap 2 and set about building up a lead. After Schumacher's first stop, Hakkinen had regained the lead and the initiative, his lighter McLaren edging away from the German lap by lap. The duel was cut short when Hakkinen's engine expired. Schumacher had a late-race scare when oil temperature problems forced him to slow drastically, but he held on for a second consecutive victory.



       Win #38       

1989 British Grand Prix; Silverstone

Rating: * *

Grid Position: 2
Fastest Lap: 2
Laps Led: 53
Weather: dry
Team: McLaren/Honda

AP: Silverstone marked the end of a golden mid-season period that saw Prost take three wins to Senna's four successive DNF's, effectively handing the Frenchman an unassailable championship lead. Senna set pole as usual, but gearbox problems ended his race on lap 12, leaving Prost to win easily from a gallant but outgunned Nigel Mansell in the Ferrari.

2000 San Marino GP; Imola

Rating: * * *

Grid Position: 2
Fastest Lap: 2
Laps Led: 18
Weather: dry
Team: Ferrari

MS: With the lack of overtaking opportunities in modern Formula One, Schumacher has become a master of passing during the tactical pitstop phases. Schumacher was content to tail pole-sitter Mika Hakkinen for the first two stints of the race, before making his decisive move at the second pit-stop. Despite having a car capable of setting the fastest lap late in the race, Hakkinen complained of poor late-race handling, and could not regain the lead from the cool German.



       Win #39       

1989 Italian Grand Prix; Monza

Rating: * * *

Grid Position: 4
Fastest Lap: 1
Laps Led: 9
Weather: dry
Team: McLaren/Honda

AP: Ferrari fans hoped that Berger and Mansell would be able to repeat the fairytale 1-2 of 1988 against the McLaren pair of Senna and Prost. However, the two masters dealt with the Ferrari challenge in their own trademark way - Senna by taking pole and leading aggressively from the start, Prost by relentless race-long pressure from fourth. It took Prost 21 laps to pass Mansell, and another twenty to deal with Berger. By that stage, Senna had more than twenty seconds lead, and Prost set about closing the gap. Fans were robbed of a potentially epic duel when Senna's engine expired, handing Prost his final victory for McLaren.

2000 European Grand Prix; Nurburgring

Rating: * * *

Grid Position: 2
Fastest Lap: 1
Laps Led: 46
Weather: dry/wet
Team: Ferrari

MS: After losing out to Mika Hakkinen at the start, it took Schumacher just eleven laps to force his way into the lead as light rain fell. When the rain became heavier soon afterwards, the result seemed a foregone conclusion - Hakkinen would surely fall back in the slippery conditions. However, Schumacher had problems at his pit-stop and Hakkinen was able to stay in touch. The two lapped the entire field, although Schumacher always had enough in hand to dictate terms and take the win.



       Win #40       

1990 Brazilian Grand Prix; Interlagos

Rating: * * *

Grid Position: 6
Fastest Lap: 2
Laps Led: 31
Weather: dry
Team: Ferrari

AP: With a significant power advantage, Ayrton Senna should have won easily in front of his home crowd at the revamped and shortened Interlagos. But the Brazilian's aggressive style cost him dearly, and a collision with Satoru Nakajima's Tyrrell demoted him to third. As ever, the patient and cautious Prost was on hand to benefit, romping to an unexpected victory over the McLaren pair of Berger and Senna while teammate Mansell languished in fourth, 47 seconds adrift.

2000 Canadian Grand Prix; Montreal

Rating: * * *

Grid Position: 1
Fastest Lap: 3
Laps Led: 61
Weather: dry/wet
Team: Ferrari

MS: The previous year, Schumacher uncharacteristically crashed out of the lead of the Canadian race, and so made amends with a dominant performance in a dry/wet race. The Ferraris were unstoppable in the wet second half of the race, lapping significantly faster than their rivals. Rubens Barrichello was perhaps the moral victor, being quicker than Schumacher towards the end. But the Brazilian played the team game and tucked in behind Schumacher for a close 1-2 finish.


       Win #41       

1990 Mexican GP; Hermanos Rodriguez

Rating: * * *

Grid Position: 13
Fastest Lap: 1
Laps Led: 9
Weather: dry
Team: Ferrari

AP: After the dominance of the previous two seasons, few expected any driver or team to challenge the dominance of Ayrton Senna and McLaren in 1990. Immediately prior to the Mexico weekend, Ferrari lost the services of respected chassis technician Enrique Scalabroni. Yet, in one of those quirks that mark F1's unpredictable nature, the scarlet cars romped home to a Mexican 1-2. Senna's retirement with tyre problems handed the race to the Ferrari duo, and marked the start of a three-race winning streak that would rejuvenate the fight for the 1990 title.


2000 Italian Grand Prix; Monza

Rating: * * * *

Grid Position: 1
Fastest Lap: 2
Laps Led: 50
Weather: dry
Team: Ferrari

MS: Schumacher arrived at Monza under unprecedented pressure. His huge early season championship lead had evaporated with no wins from the previous five GPs, and had actually slipped behind Mika Hakkinen in the title chase. On top of this, Schumacher faced the fanatical tifosi and the further pressure of equalling Senna's mark of 41 wins. After taking pole, Schumacher controlled the race from the front, Hakkinen always close behind but never really threatening. It may have seemed like an easy victory, but the circumstantial pressure made this a great drive.



       Win #42       

1990 French Grand Prix; Paul Ricard

Rating: * * * *

Grid Position: 4
Fastest Lap: 3
Laps Led: 3
Weather: dry
Team: Ferrari

AP: Prost thrilled French and Italian fans alike, by earning Ferrari's 100th victory with a well-timed tactical race at Paul Ricard that saw him lead for only 3 laps, including the all-important final lap. In the early part of the race, Prost waited while Nigel Mansell, Ayrton Senna and Gerhard Berger scrapped for the lead. Ivan Capelli almost upstaged everyone with a no-stopper race in his Leyton-House, leading for the second half of the race until Prost overhauled him three laps from the chequered flag.

2000 US Grand Prix; Indianapolis

Rating: * * * *

Grid Position: 1
Fastest Lap: 3
Laps Led: 67
Weather: dry/wet
Team: Ferrari

MS: Schumacher had to use all of his racing smarts early on at Indy. For the first few laps, he had to contend with jump-starting David Coulthard's clumsy attempts to baulk and slow him. Later, on a drying track, he went against conventional wisdom and continued on wets after the rest of the field had pitted for dry tyres. A succession of searing laps on these worn tyres unsuitable for the track conditions was enough to secure the lead he needed. Just as Mika Hakkinen seemed to be putting some pressure on Schumacher, the McLaren engine's failed in spectacular fashion. Not even a late-race spin could prevent Schumacher from claiming victory on the historic return to Indianapolis.



       Win #43       

1990 British Grand Prix; Silverstone

Rating: * * * *

Grid Position: 5
Fastest Lap: 2
Laps Led: 22
Weather: dry
Team: Ferrari

AP: This victory launched Prost past Senna into the 1990 Championship lead and epitomised the Professor's legendary tactical acumen. After starting from fifth on the grid, Prost again waited for teammate Mansell and the duelling McLarens of Senna and Berger to burn each other out. After Senna had spun to the back of the field, Prost moved in to oust leader Mansell, eventually winning by a margin of almost 40 seconds.

2000 Japanese Grand Prix; Suzuka

Rating: * * * *

Grid Position: 1
Fastest Lap: 2
Laps Led: 19
Weather: dry/wet
Team: Ferrari

MS: For the second time in three races, Schumacher faced race-long pressure from Mika Hakkinen. After being outdragged by Hakkinen going into the first corner, Schumacher regained the lead at the second pitstop as light rain crossed the circuit. The two were in a league of their own, leaving the rest of the field trailing. Under such pressure and with so much at stake, Schumacher had a history of crucial errors. This time, however, he soaked up the pressure to secure his third title.



       Win #44       

1990 Spanish Grand Prix; Jerez

Rating: * * *

Grid Position: 2
Fastest Lap: 3
Laps Led: 45
Weather: dry
Team: Ferrari

AP: Prost's final win for Ferrari did much to revive his flagging 1990 WDC hopes, although the victory was aided and abetted by some co-operative teamwork from Nigel Mansell. Using the Ferrari's superior handling, Prost powered his way past Senna, who retired late in the race, cutting the Brazilian's championship lead to just nine points. The event was marred by Martin Donnelly's horrific crash in the Lotus during practice, and also set the scene for the infamous shunt between Prost and Senna three weeks later at Suzuka.

2000 Malaysian Grand Prix; Sepang

Rating: * * *

Grid Position: 1
Fastest Lap: 2
Laps Led: 36
Weather: dry
Team: Ferrari

MS: With the title in the bag for Schumacher, it only remained for Ferrari to score the handful of points needed to clinch a second consecutive Constructor's Championship. That task was made considerably easier when Mika Hakkinen jumped the start, leaving David Coulthard to take on the Ferraris alone. With his own personal goal accomplished, Schumacher could have been forgiven for a drop in intensity. But, in true professional style, he finished the job after taking the lead at the firstpit stop with a series of searing laps.



       Win #45       

1993 South African Grand Prix; Kyalami

Rating: * * * * *

Grid Position: 1
Fastest Lap: 1
Laps Led: 49
Weather: dry
Team: Williams/Renault

AP: Williams had been the dominant force in 1992, and that form looked set to continue with the signing of Prost alongside test driver Damon Hill for 1993. After a one-season sabbatical from F1 during 1992, there were doubts that the Frenchman would have the same commitment as before. However, it took just one race for Prost to prove himself to his new employer. With the car seemingly on rails, Prost swept aside Schumacher and Senna and literally walked away to victory by almost 80 seconds.

2001 Australian Grand Prix; Melbourne

Rating: * * *

Grid Position: 1
Fastest Lap: 1
Laps Led: 54
Weather: dry
Team: Ferrari

MS: Having secured their first criver's title in 21 years the previous season, Ferrari launched their 2001 'total dominance' campaign with a bang. Right out the box, the 2001 Ferrari was the class of the field. Schumacher capitalised as expected, recording pole position and fastest lap on his way to victory. The only challenge came from Mika Hakkinen, which disappeared when suspension failure on his McLaren pitched him into a high-speed crash and retirement.



       Win #46       

1993 San Marino Grand Prix; Imola

Rating: * * *

Grid Position: 1
Fastest Lap: 1
Laps Led: 50
Weather: wet
Team: Williams/Renault

AP: After the humiliation of being lapped by arch-rival Ayrton Senna in the season's previous race at Donington, rain once again threatened to upset Prost's plans at San Marino. This time though, the Frenchman got it right, keeping his head when all around him were falling victim to the slippery conditions. Hill was one of seven drivers to spin or crash into retirement and Senna's challenge ended with hydraulic failure. The only other driver to finish on the same lap as Prost, albeit more than half a minute behind, was Benetton's Michael Schumacher.

2001 Malaysian GP; Sepang

Rating: * * * *

Grid Position: 1
Fastest Lap: 3
Laps Led: 42
Weather: dry/wet
Team: Ferrari

MS: The Regenmeister strikes again. After an early off on oil from a blown engine and a lengthy botched pitstop for tyres, Schumacher played a tactical masterstroke. He chose intermediate tyres for the half-soaked, half-dry conditions while his rivals opted for full wets. Schumacher blitzed through the field in record time, sweeping all opposition aside for a truly dominant win - his sixth in succession.



       Win #47       

1993 Spanish Grand Prix; Barcelona

Rating: * * *

Grid Position: 1
Fastest Lap: 4
Laps Led: 55
Weather: dry
Team: Williams/Renault

AP: Prost was made to battle hard for his third victory of 1993. In what was to become a recurring theme, Prost took pole only to be beaten off the start-line by teammate Damon Hill. Prost took the lead on lap 10, but the young Brit refused to give up, pushing Prost relentlessly until his engine blew on lap 41. Prost had to nurse his tyres to the finish, evidence of just how uncharacteristically hard he had been forced to drive.

2001 Spanish Grand Prix; Barcelona

Rating: * * *

Grid Position: 1
Fastest Lap: 1
Laps Led: 39
Weather: dry
Team: Ferrari

MS: The return of legal traction control resulted in a race of wildly changing fortunes. Schumacher drove a superb tactical race from pole, and had the race under control until fears of suspension failure which had claimed teammate Barrichello forced him to slow, just after Mika Hakkinen had sneaked past at the second pit stops. Schumacher lost a large amount of time to the Finn as he appeared to have settled for second. Then, on the final lap, Hakkinen's clutch failed, allowing the surprised German through to an unexpected win.



       Win #48       

1993 Canadian Grand Prix; Montreal

Rating: * * * *

Grid Position: 1
Fastest Lap: 2
Laps Led: 64
Weather: dry
Team: Williams/Renault

AP: Prost's 48th career win also marked the start of a four-race winning streak that would carry him to his career total of 51 wins. After taking pole position, Prost was again beaten off the start-line by Damon Hill. However, it took the French ace only six laps to power his way past, driving flawlessly to the first and only Canadian GP win of his career.

2001 Monaco Grand Prix; Monte Carlo

Rating: * *

Grid Position: 2
Fastest Lap: 2
Laps Led: 73
Weather: dry
Team: Ferrari

MS: The race was over before it had started, as pole sitter David Coulthard was left stranded by launch control problems. With Coulthard stuck behind Bernoldi's Arrows down the field, with Hakkinen and the two Williams drivers retiring, and teammate Rubens Barrichello acting as a buffer in second place, this was probably one of the easiest wins of Schumacher's career.



       Win #49       

1993 French Grand Prix; Magny Cours

Rating: * * *

Grid Position: 2
Fastest Lap: 4
Laps Led: 46
Weather: dry
Team: Williams/Renault

AP: In front of a delighted home crowd at Magny-Cours, Prost sealed victory in typical style. He set neither pole position nor fastest lap, driving a tactical race instead to pass leader Hill during the pitstops. Surprisingly in a season of such Williams dominance, this was the only 1-2 finish recorded by the team all season.

2001 European Grand Prix; Nurburgring

Rating: * * *

Grid Position: 1
Fastest Lap: 4
Laps Led: 66
Weather: dry
Team: Ferrari

MS: After claiming his seventh pole position of the season, Schumacher started poorly and resorted to a robust chop to keep brother Ralf behind him into the first turn. Unfazed, Ralf applied tremendous pressure for the first stanza of the race, hounding Schumacher's Ferrari for lap after lap. The sibling duel ended disappointingly when Ralf received a rare stop and go penalty for crossing the pitlane exit line. Montoya took up the chase for Williams, but had lost too much time early in the race to change the result.



       Win #50       

1993 British Grand Prix; Silverstone

Rating: * * *

Grid Position: 1
Fastest Lap: 2
Laps Led: 18
Weather: dry
Team: Williams/Renault

AP: Prost notched up his half-century at Silverstone at the expense of teammate Damon Hill. Driving in only his 11th GP, Hill led from the start in trying to achieve what his father Graham had failed to do - win his home British GP. In the second half of the race, Prost began to close on Hill, who was pushing hard to maintain his lead. 17 laps from the finish, Hill's engine expired, handing victory to Prost in typical 'to finish first, first you must finish' style.

2001 French Grand Prix; Magny-Cours

Rating: * * *

Grid Position: 2
Fastest Lap: 3
Laps Led: 39
Weather: dry
Team: Ferrari

MS: Beaten to pole position by brother Ralf, Michael drove a typical tactical race, staying on his brother's tail until the first stops and then nipping past with a marginally quicker stop and quicker in and out laps. Ralf, his Williams teammate Juan Pablo Montoya and Championship rival David Coulthard were all still in position to challenge, but their chances faded for a variety of reasons. Coulthard dropped back after a ten-second pitlane speeding penalty, Montoya's engine blew and Ralf's second set of tyres were off the pace, leaving Schumacher unpressured to take the win.



       Win #51       

1993 German Grand Prix; Hockenheim

Rating: * *

Grid Position: 1
Fastest Lap: 3
Laps Led: 4
Weather: dry
Team: Williams/Renault

AP: Sadly, Prost's last GP victory was one of his least convincing. After earning a stop-go penalty for missing a chicane early in the race, Prost seemed set for second place. With just two laps to go, teammate Damon Hill held a commanding 13 second lead over the Frenchman. Then a tyre blew on the Englishman's Williams, handing victory to Prost. With six races still to go, and the Williams looking unstoppable, it seemed certain Prost would win again. But three second places were the best he could manage, and 'The Professor' announced his retirement four races later, after clinching the 1993 WDC title at Estoril in Portugal.

2001 Hungarian Grand Prix; Hungaroring

Rating: * * * *

Grid Position: 1
Fastest Lap: 5
Laps Led: 71
Weather: dry
Team: Ferrari

MS: Schumacher arrived at the Hungaroring with the first of five 'match-point' opportunities to clinch the 2001 World Championship. And, with sheer dominance and mature driving he grabbed the very first opportunity presented to him. Ten years after the German entered Formula One; after 50 Grand Prix wins and three World Championship titles - Schumacher was completely in a class of his own, crushing the field in qualifying and never, throughout the race, being in any danger of losing his lead. He's simply Done It. And with style.



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