Ferrari hoping to complete double

With the world title safe, Michael Schumacher may sacrifice his own ambitions in order to secure victory in Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix for his team-mate, Rubens Barrichello.

With the world title safe, Michael Schumacher may sacrifice his own ambitions in order to secure victory in Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix for his team-mate, Rubens Barrichello.

The newly-crowned world champion is ready to reward Barrichello for helping him end Ferrari's 21-year wait for the drivers' title.

Schumacher, who regained the championship for the Italian team in Japan last week, is prepared to repay the debt of gratitude he said he owed the Brazilian after his win in Canada last June. Then, Barrichello was ordered to slow down in the final laps and protect Schumacher, whose Ferrari had an engine problem.

"I guess that Rubens would rather be in front of me and win by himself," said the three-time champion, who has an unassailable 12-point lead going into Sunday's season finale. "I guess that's his intention but I remember Canada, and I remember well what I said there, so we'll see what happens.

"I have to say I am very thankful for his help during the whole situation this year. He's been a very good, and a very strong, team-mate in developing the car. It has become a very successful combination."

Barrichello needs to win with McLaren's David Coulthard finishing out of the points if he is to snatch third place in the drivers' standings.

But Schumacher is unlikely to be too generous knowing another win would take his total to nine victories for the season - equalling his previous best, a world record he already shares with Nigel Mansell. He could also secure a 44th career victory on Sunday to move within seven of the all-time record held by Alain Prost. Schumacher is determined also to complete the double for Ferrari, who need three points to take the manufacturers' crown. "Now that we've achieved the first part of our target, this weekend we'll go out to get the second part," he said.

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