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Schumacher just keeps winning

July 9, 2004

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— Michael Schumacher keeps finding ways to win.

If he doesn't have the best car on a track, he and his team usually have the best strategy.

If the other team has the best car and the same strategy, Schumacher will adjust and have a better strategy.

Who knows what he will come up with in this weekend's British Grand Prix as he tries for his 10th win in 11 races.

The British race ends an intense period of six races since May 23. Schumacher opened the run with his only loss of the season at the Monaco GP, crashing with Juan Pablo Montoya while warming up tires behind the safety car.

Since that race, through the European, Canadian, U.S. and French Grand Prix events, it has been all Schumacher -- usually with Ferrari teammate Rubens Barrichello.

Last weekend's victory at the French Grand Prix, with four stops, surprised even Schumacher.

"It was a fantastic victory, a bit unexpected," Schumacher said. "We could have won on a three-stop strategy but we'll never know.

"I was not as confident entering the race as we could be, but doing it in the way we did it was obviously extra exciting."

David Coulthard of McLaren-Mercedes has won the British Grand Prix as many times as Schumacher -- twice. Coulthard won in 1999 and 2000, while Schumacher won in 1998 and 2002.

"I have had two wins here," Schumacher said. "And I hope it will be another one at the end of the week.

Coulthard admires what Ferrari has accomplished this season.

"It shows the strength of their package," Coulthard said.

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