Hungarian GP Bridgestone race notes

Michael Schumacher claimed his fourth world championship and Ferrari confirmed its third consecutive constructors' title with a perfect Hungarian Grand Prix. Schumacher led the race from start to finish -- his 51st grand prix victory to equal ...

Michael Schumacher claimed his fourth world championship and Ferrari confirmed its third consecutive constructors' title with a perfect Hungarian Grand Prix. Schumacher led the race from start to finish -- his 51st grand prix victory to equal Alain Prost's record, with four races still to go this season. The German's teammate rounded off a faultless day for Ferrari by taking second place on the podium. Ferrari's win also gives Bridgestone a fourth Formula 1 world title. David Coulthard was third for West McLaren Mercedes, with his teammate Mika Hakkinen fifth.

Ross Brawn -- Technical Director -- Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
"I can't really describe how I feel right now, I'm just numb. We did not expect it. We did not prepare anything by way of celebration today because we thought it was too risky to think about that, but now we have won there will be some celebrating. We have won some great races this year and our opposition had some problems at the beginning of the year which certainly helped us but it was not an easy championship, it has just finished early. I think we are in a Ferrari era but we will not take anything for granted, and we will work very hard to continue this great period of Ferrari history. We are excited about the car we have for next year, two very good drivers and a very good team, so let's hope it continues. But our ambition now is to do everything we can for Rubens and get him second place in the championship. There is still a lot to fight for."

Hisao Suganuma -- Technical Manager -- Bridgestone Motorsport
"Many congratulations to Michael Schumacher on his fourth world title and to everyone at Ferrari. We are delighted to be able to share in their success. Regarding today's race, both specifications we brought here worked well in what were very difficult conditions in extreme heat, which was good for all our teams. Although the championships are confirmed, there are still four races to go and our effort to win races will continue. Our staff go to tests straight from this race and our work for 2001 will go on."

Hiroshi Yasukawa -- Director of Motorsport -- Bridgestone Motorsport
"Many congratulations on this wonderful day to Michael and Ferrari, with whom we continue to enjoy a close technical collaboration. This year it is especially satisfying to celebrate a fourth world title in the face of competition, and so early in the season. Being a part of two more world titles adds further incentive to our race and test teams and other staff back in the UK. This success must also be attributed to the efforts of our staff working on tyre development in Japan. We thank them all."

-Bridgestone

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Michael Schumacher , David Coulthard , Mika Hakkinen , Ross Brawn , Hiroshi Yasukawa
Teams Ferrari , Mercedes , McLaren