Defending Formula One champion Mika Hakkinen went back to the top of the standings just in time for the return of Michael Schumacher from a broken leg.
Although Hakkinen's McLaren-Mercedes teammate David Coulthard won the Belgian Grand Prix yesterday in Spa-Francorchamps, Hakkinen's second was good enough to give him a one-point edge over Eddie Irvine, who came in fourth in a Ferrari.
Hakkinen now has 60 points with Irvine at 59 and Coulthard at 46 with four races left. Schumacher has 32 points but is expected to make his comeback from a broken leg at the next race, the Italian Grand Prix on Sept. 12.
McLaren also overtook Ferrari in the constructors standings.
While Irvine has been making a run at the drivers title, Schumacher, a two-time series champion, has missed three races after breaking a leg in the British Grand Prix.
Coulthard took advantage of a slight hesitation at the start by Hakkinen and went on to an easy victory, 10.469 seconds ahead at the finish with Heinz-Harald Frentzen in a Jordan-Mugen-Honda third, 33.4 seconds back. Irvine was never in contention, nearly 45 seconds behind.
* INDYCARS: Greg Ray, the pole-sitter, won for the third time in four races, beating back challenges from Davey Hamilton and Mark Dismore down the stretch in the Colorado Indy 200 in Fountain, Colo. Ray finished .445 seconds ahead of Hamilton--about four car lengths--and 2.166 seconds in front of Dismore, with Buddy Lazier placing fourth and Sam Schmidt fifth on Pikes Peak International Raceway's one-mile oval.