Michael Schumacher is just as happy to outsmart the field as he is to dominate it.
He and his Ferrari team won the Canadian Grand Prix yesterday in Montreal for his seventh victory in eight races, using a two pit-stop strategy to perfection to overcome a season-worst sixth-place start.
"Everything worked to plan and our competitors had some problems," Schumacher said. "We thought we had no chance for the pole position and sort of went for a strategy we thought would work in the race."
The German, who holds just about every major record in the globe-trotting Formula One series, also picked up his third straight victory and fourth in five years on Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. His seven victories in Montreal is a Formula One record for wins at one track.
Schumacher, well on his way to a seventh world championship and fifth in a row, added to his career victory mark with his 77th Formula One triumph.
The winner will go into Sunday's U.S. Grand Prix in Indianapolis with a point lead of 70-54 over Ferrari teammate Rubens Barrichello, who was awarded second place hours after the race when race stewards disqualified four cars for using illegal front brake ducts.
It was nearly four hours after the race when the results of runner-up Ralf Schumacher, his Williams-BMW teammate Juan Pablo Montoya, who finished fourth, as well as the Toyotas of eighth-place Cristiano da Matta and 10th-place Olivier Panis, were excluded from the official results.
The teams could have protested the ruling, but both chose to accept the penalty.
* 24 HOURS OF LE MANS: Audi driver Tom Kristensen of Denmark won the 24-hour race in Le Mans, France, for a record-tying sixth time.
Audi, which won the endurance race from 2000 to 2002, recaptured a title it lost to Bentley last year. The German manufacturer dominated the competition from start to finish and put three of its cars on the podium.
Kristensen, Seiji Ara of Japan and Rinaldo Capello of Italy completed a record 379 laps in 24 hours, eclipsing the previous mark of 377 laps set by Bentley in 2003.
Saturday Night's IRL Race
-- Tony Kanaan regained the lead with 12 laps left and held off teammate Dario Franchitti to win the Indy Racing League's Bombardier 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.