Schumacher wins Malaysian Grand Prix; Ferrari takes team title

Michael Schumacher won the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday and Ferrari captured the team constructors title to complete its first Formula One double since 1979.

Michael Schumacher won the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday and Ferrari captured the team constructors title to complete its first Formula One double since 1979.

Schumacher completed the season with nine wins and his third season driving title. After winning at Benetton in 1994 and 1995 he was the first Ferrari driver to win since Jody Scheckter in 1979.

Schumacher held off McLaren's David Coulthard by less than a second over the final 10 laps of the 56-lap race.

It was the 44th career win for Schumacher and ninth of the season. That ties the record of most wins in a Formula One season. Schumacher did it before in 1995 and Nigel Nigel Mansell did it in 1992, although Mansell did his in a 16-race season and Schumacher did both of his in 17 races.

Coulthard came in .7 second behind with Ferrari's Rubens Barrichello third. That scored 14 points for Ferrari and moved them up to 170 points for the season and gave them a record 10th team title.

McLaren's Mika Hakkinen, who was challenging Schumacher throughout the season, came in fourth, making a furious charge through the field after jumping the start and being penalized on the fifth lap with a 10-second stop-and-go penalty that dropped him to 18th.

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