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Schumacher Wins Chinese Grand Prix

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After the first pit stops from laps 20 to 22, Alonso maintained a lead of 10 seconds but had trouble with his front tires, losing seconds with each lap.

By lap 29, three cars were within a few lengths of each other when Fisichella and Schumacher passed Alonso.

After both Schumacher and Fisichella pitted, Schumacher passed Fisichella on the inside of the first turn in a brilliant maneuver with two wheels on the grass.

"It was clear that turn one would be difficult, I knew from practice. I was thinking it could be an issue with Giancarlo and there it was," Schumacher said.

Alonso whittled the gap to 3.1 seconds by the end, but Schumacher had the victory in hand.

"In the end, there were not enough laps left," said Alonso. "So it was a bad day but this is a fantastic fight for the championship and I go to Japan feeling really confident."

Sunday's win was the 91st of Schumacher's career and his fifth in the last seven races.

Honda's Jenson Button finished fourth, McLaren's Pedro de la Rosa fifth, Honda's Rubens Barrichello sixth, BMW-Sauber's Nick Heidfeld seventh and Williams' Mark Webber eighth.


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