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BBC motorsport correspondent Jonathan Legard
"Remarkably Burti suffered no broken bones"
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Sunday, 2 September, 2001, 14:12 GMT 15:12 UK
Schumacher claims record win
Michael Schumacher wins the Belgian Grand Prix
Another record tumbles to Michael Schumacher
Michael Schumacher won an incident-packed Belgian Grand Prix to break the world record for Formula One wins.

His 52nd Grand Prix victory came on a challenging Spa-Francorchamps circuit and took him past French F1 legend Alain Prost, who had 51 wins in his illustrious career.

Although the German world champion was largely untroubled en route to his record-equalling fifth win in Belgium, chaos reigned around him.

The Grand Prix had to be restarted and reduced from 44 laps to 36, following an horrific accident involving Luciano Burti's Prost.

The wreckage of Burti's Prost is hoisted from the Spa track
Burti was 'lucky to be alive'
He came together with Jaguar's Eddie Irvine in spectacular fashion on lap six, hitting the tyre wall at pace and spraying tyres across the track.

Burti sustained concussion and was taken to hospital.

He was said to be in a "stable condition" after quick attention from the marshalls and was later proclaimed by team-leader Prost as "lucky to be alive".

David Coulthard managed to steer clear of the trouble, stealing ahead of Giancarlo Fisichello to take six world championship points as runner up.

The Italian driver held on to a memorable third place, however, with Finland's Mika Hakkinen taking fourth.

During the final laps, much of the excitement was in the battle for the remaining points' positions.

Rubens Barrichello moved into the top six by overtaking Jean Alesi just before Rivage. And, as time ticked away, a surging Ralf Schumacher launched attack after attack on Alesi himself.

The Scumachers got off to a flying start
Tight racing at Spa
But the French veteran held on to his single point with a tenacious display.

Jensen Button and a heartbroken Jarno Trulli - who had driven well all afternoon - were among the late retirements.

The lap-six crash had happened at 180mph at the exit of Stavelot on one of the quickest sections of the track, sending both cars skidding off at pace.

Burti took the worst of the impact, hurtling into a tyre barrier, where he was tended by race marshalls.

Restarted over the shorter distance of 36 laps, drivers resumed in the race positions they occupied prior to the crash.

Stranded

However, there was mayhem at the restart when Ralf Schumacher's car was stranded on its jacks, leaving Schumacher senior to start on his own at the front of the grid.

Earlier, there had been more incident at the first start.

Heinz-Harald Frentzen waved his arms from the second row to indicate that he had stalled his engine.

The race was delayed, only for Juan Pablo Montoya to stall on pole at the second time of asking.

This left the Schumacher brothers at the front and Michael soon asserted his superiority nipping past Ralf at the first chicane.


Finishers in the Belgian Grand Prix

1. Michael Schumacher (Ger) Ferrari 1hr 08min 05.002sec
2. David Coulthard (UK) McLaren-Mercedes at 10.098sec
3. Giancarlo Fisichella (Ita) Benetton-Renault 27.742
4. Mika Hakkinen (Fin) McLaren-Mercedes 36.087
5. Rubens Barrichello (Bra) Ferrari 54.521
6. Jean Alesi (Fra) Jordan-Honda 59.684
7. Ralf Schumacher (Ger) Williams-BMW 59.986
8. Jacques Villeneuve (Can) BAR-Honda at 1min 04.970sec
9. Heinz-Harald Frentzen (Ger) Prost-Acer at one lap
10. Jos Verstappen (Ned) Arrows-Asiatech one lap
11. Olivier Panis (Fra) BAR-Honda one lap
12. Enrique Bernoldi (Bra) Arrows-Asiatech one lap
13. Tarso Marques (Bra) European Minardi four laps

See also:

02 Sep 01 |  Formula One
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