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banner Sunday, 1 July, 2001, 14:47 GMT 15:47 UK
Prost: Schumi deserves my record
Michael Schumacher
Schumacher looks set to break all the records
Former world champion Alain Prost has said that Michael Schumacher will deserve to break his record of 51 career Grand Prix victories.

Schumacher's win in the French Grand Prix on Sunday was his 50th, and the German seems certain to move past Prost's mark this year.

Prost, who won his 51 Grands Prix in 199 races over a 13-season career, hailed Schumacher as one of the best drivers of all time.

"I feel that he deserves to have this kind of record," Prost said. "You cannot win more than 50 races if you are not any good and Michael is one of the best of all-time.

Michael Schumacher (left) and Alain Prost on the podium at the 1993 Portuguese Grand Prix
Schumacher and Prost raced each other in 1993
"But at the end not many drivers have won more than 50 races and I will be one of them."

In fact, only Prost and Schumacher have achieved that mark. The next most successful driver in terms of wins is the late Ayrton Senna, who won 41.

Schumacher's win at Magny-Cours, his fifth this season after 10 races, also puts him on a seemingly unstoppable course to equal Prost's mark of four world drivers' championships.

Only Juan Manuel Fangio, of Argentina, has more, with five, won in the 1950s.

No other driver has more than three.

Schumacher last month extended his Ferrari contract until the end of 2004, which gives him plenty of time to smash all the records in F1.

But Schumacher claims that breaking records does not motivate him - he simply wants to continue dominating F1 with Ferrari.

"Records are something nice to look back on when you are retired," Schumacher said. "Our only focus is on the fight that is in front of us - that is the main thing."

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