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Michael Schumacher has big win in home country

AP , HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY

Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher, left, of Germany, BAR Honda Formula One driver Jenson Button, center, of Great Britain, and Renault driver Fernando Alonso of Spain on the winners' stand after the German Grand Prix in Hockenheim, Sunday.

PHOTO: REUTERS

Michael Schumacher won the German Grand Prix Sunday, equaling his own record of 11 victories in a season and closing in on his seventh Formula One championship.

The Ferrari driver, who started from pole position, cruised to a comfortable victory to match his win tally from 2002, beating Jenson Button by 8.3 seconds.

"It was fantastic to win this race at home where I haven't been that successful," said Schumacher, overjoyed with his 81st caree.

"The atmosphere this morning, it was just fantastic -- and then to win the race," Schumacher said.

With six racse left in the season, Schumacher has a virtually insurmountable lead in the drivers' standings with 110 points. Barrichello is second at 74 with Button third at 61.

The victory was Schumacher's sixth straight this season, matching a record for consecutive wins in a single season set in 1952 by Alberto Ascari.

BAR driver Button started down in 13th place after being penalized for an engine change in qualifying but stormed through the field to finish second, ahead of Renault's Fernando Alonso.

The Button-Alonso duel high-lighted the second half of the race.

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