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Sunday, 19 August, 2001, 14:12 GMT 15:12 UK
Lapwatch: Hungarian GP
All the action, lap-by-lap, from the 77-lap race on the Hungaroring circuit in Budapest where Michael Schumacher takes the world title with four races to spare.


Final positions:

1. M Schumacher (Ferrari)
2. R Barrichello (Ferrari)
3. D Coulthard (McLaren Mercedes)
4. R Schumacher (Williams BMW)
5. M Hakkinen (McLaren Mercedes)
6. N Heidfeld (Sauber )


Formation lap All the cars get off the line for the formation lap with Michael Schumacher and David Coulthard taking their place on the front row of the grid.

Lap one Bad start by David Coulthard allows Rubens Barrichello to slip into second place behind Schumacher as the Hungarian Grand Prix gets well and truly under way.

Ralf Schumacher keeps fourth place while Trulli is in fifth. Eddie Irvine's race is over almost before it starts as he spins onto the gravel at the first turn.

Three The first three cars are pulling away from Williams driver Ralf, who is five seconds behind his brother. Coulthard's McLaren team-mate Mika Hakkinen chases Trulli for fifth.

Six Jenson Button tumbles down the pecking order after receiving a 10-second penalty for his jump start. But Ferrari continue to hold on to their dream 1-2 start.

Seven Schumacher sets a fastest lap of one minute 17.8 seconds with team-mate Barrichello just over a second behind.

Nine Luciano Burti is the next to suffer disappointment in Hungary as he comes to a grinding halt on the gravel. But it is still neck-and-neck between Hakkinen and Trulli as they battle it out for fifth and sixth. Jean Alesi moves past Pedro De la Rosa.

12 Enrique Bernoldi becomes the next driver to bite the dust.

14 Schumacher comfortably laps Button and Tarso Marques from Minard, and Barrichello and Coulthard soon follow suit.

19 The top six remain the same as Schumacher streaks ahead with only clear track in front of him, while Barrichello provides the perfect buffer zone to Coulthard and brother Ralf.

Nick Heidfeld is still in seventh place ahead of Juan Pablo Montoya and the other Sauber of Kimi Raikkonen. Olivier Panis of BAR Honda is in 10th place.

21 Fernando Alonso comes into the pit, taking 9.6 seconds while Schumacher laps de la Rosa in his Jaguar.

24 Ferrari's tactics are paying off with Schumacher gaining a three-second lead as Brazilian Barrichello gently holds off Coulthard and Ralf.

28 Ninth-placed Raikkonen makes a fast pit-stop of only 7.3 seconds. He is joined by Heidfeld, Panis and Michael Schumacher, who is done in 8.4 seconds

29 Schumacher comes out ahead of brother Ralf into third place while Barrichello is leading Coulthard, but both still need to pit.

32 Barrichello comes in to pit, leaving Coulthard temporarily in the lead.

Schumacher takes over first place after Coulthard pits, but the Scot manages to get out in front of Barrichello to have a real chance of challenging Schumacher.

35 Coulthard is making the most of getting past Ferrari buffer Barrichello and is now catching Schumacher, gaining two seconds on the leader.

35 Schumacher is almost 13 seconds ahead of Coulthard, who in turn is 3.3 ahead of Barrichello.

38 Raikkonen passes his Sauber team-mate Heidfeld during the pit-stops.

But it is more dismay for Jenson Button who spins and stalls his car into the middle of the grid before it is removed. Hakkinen pits for 6.8 seconds.

39 Fernando Alonso is the latest car to go out after beaching on the gravel.

40 Hakkinen is flying round, clearly benefiting from a light fuel load after his fast pit-stop. The Finn sets the quickest lap of 1:16.964.

44 Realising the threat from Coulthard, Schumacher has kept the peddle down to maintain a consistent gap of over 12 seconds between him and the McLaren driver.

46 Coulthard and Barrichello pass backmarker Jos Verstappen who is down in 16th place, although Marques is the final runner in 17th place at the moment.

48 It is another lap record for Hakkinen, who sets a fastest time of 1:18.804, while leader Schumacher laps Montoya in seventh place.

51 Coulthard retakes the lead as Schumacher comes in for his second pit-stop and returns to the race behind team-mate Rubens Barrichello.

53 A slow pit-stop puts David Coulthard back down to third place, giving Ferrari a dream 1-2 as Schumacher retakes his lead.

55 Jarno Trulli goes out of the Hungarian Grand Prix after grinding to a halt. It is a huge disappointment for the Italian who grabbed sixth place on the grid in qualifying on Saturday.

58 Hakkinen loses his fourth place to Williams driver Ralf Schumacher after a pit-stop.

60 Hakkinen, determined to move back up the table, battles it out with fourth-placed Ralf.

The Finn breathes down the German's neck, looking for the right opening to pass, but cannot find a way through.

63 Heidfeld looks set to grab a point for Sauber as he holds on to sixth place.

66 Coulthard is still unable to make headway on the Ferrari 1-2, remaining over 13 seconds behind leader Schumacher and seven seconds behind Barrichello.

69 Coulthard has dramatically closed in Barrichello, moving within a couple of car lengths.

It seems that the Ferrari tactic may have backfired as the Brazilian attempts to hold off the McLaren driver from leader Schumacher.

70 Another blow for Benetton as Fisichella spins and beaches his car in the gravel to join team-mate Jenson Button on the sidelines.

73 Michael Schumacher is within reaching distance of victory in Hungary and clinching his fourth world title. However, Olivier Panis is out of the race.

76 Schumacher is cruising to victory in champion-style, way out in front of the other contenders as he approaches the final lap.

77 It is a Ferrari 1-2 as Schumacher comfortably romps home to victory in the Hungarian Grand Prix to clinch his fourth world championship and equalling Alain Prost's 51 career wins.

Ferrari team-mate comes second, followed by David Coulthard in third, Ralf Schumacher in fourth, Mika Hakkinen in fifth and Nick Heidfeld picking up a point for Sauber.

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