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Last Updated: Sunday, 16 July 2006, 12:20 GMT 13:20 UK
French Grand Prix photos

Michael Schumacher (right) leads from Felipe Massa (behind) and Fernando Alonso (right)

Ferrari's Michael Schumacher (right) leads into the first corner as the French Grand Prix gets underway without incident

Michael Schumacher leads from Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa and Renault's Fernando Alonso

Schumacher's team-mate Felipe Massa (left) holds off the challenge of Fernando Alonso (right) to retain second place

Brazil's Rubens Barrichello (right) trudges off

It's a short-lived race for Honda's Rubens Barrichello, who is forced to retire following mechanical problems

Michael Schumacher dominates the French Grand Prix

Up front, Schumacher extends his lead with Massa playing the team-mate role to perfection by fending off Alonso

Ralf Schumacher (foreground) battles with Kimi Raikkonen

Ralf Schumacher briefly takes the lead during the opening pit stops but a poor stop by his crew drops him to seventh

Fernando Alonso

Alonso also has a spell in front after Schumacher's second stop, but he is left battling Massa for the runner-up spot

Michael Schumacher crosses the finish line to win the French Grand Prix

It is a dominant performance by Schumacher, who takes the chequered flag to claim a record eighth win at Magny-Cours

Michael Schumacher (left) Felipe Massa (centre) and Fernando Alonso

Alonso stops a Ferrari one-two by capitalising on Massa's three-stop strategy to limit the points damage

Michael Schumacher wins in France

Schumacher's victory means he cuts Alonso's lead at the top of the drivers' standings to 17 points with seven races left



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