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Last Updated: Sunday, 29 August, 2004, 16:01 GMT 17:01 UK
Schumacher hails Ferrari
Michael Schumacher celebrates his seventh world title
1 K Raikkonen (McLaren)
2 M Schumacher (Ferrari)
3 R Barrichello (Ferrari)
4 F Massa (Sauber)
5 G Fisichella (Sauber)
6 C Klien (Jaguar)
7 D Coulthard (McLaren)
8 O Panis (Toyota)
Michael Schumacher paid tribute to his Ferrari team after collecting his seventh world championship with second place in the Belgian Grand Prix.

Schumacher and Ferrari have been completely dominant this season and have won every race bar two in 2004.

"I am very proud to have achieved this with the team, who I think are extraordinary," he said.

"We will celebrate - it doesn't need a lot of emotional outburst. It is just a fantastic moment."

The German had to work hard for his second place in a race which saw a host of crashes.

He slipped down to sixth in the early laps, losing two positions off the grid and then two more in the course of the opening lap.

But he battled his way back and was able to finish behind winner Kimi Raikkonen, which was enough for the title.

I am just quiet, I am trying not to talk too much and I am enjoying this moment
Michael Schumacher

"I would obviously have rather clinched the championship with a win," he said.

"But it's a great day for all of us, I'm just so delighted. We are happy with what we have achieved.

"We have won so many races this year, it was clear that at some stage someone else would have won.

"Kimi drove a superb race. It was an eventful day with all the safety cars, it was tough."

Despite securing a record seventh championship title, Schumacher was trying to keep a control of his emotions.

"It's always different whatever you achieve, you always have different emotions. Today it doesn't feel any more than I have felt for the six before," he said.

"None of the championships do feel the same. Except being happy and knowing what I have achieved, I am just thinking.

"I am just quiet, I am trying not to talk too much and I am enjoying this moment.

"It's very special at Spa, it means a lot to me this circuit, this race. To clinch the seventh title in the 700th grand prix for Ferrari is something very special."

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