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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Schumacher Overtakes Alesi to Win

NUERBURGRING, Germany -- If anyone had to beat the Ferrari, at least it was Michael Schumacher, who will be driving the car next year.

If Ferrari needed to be reassured after agreeing to make Schumacher the best-paid driver in the history of Formula One -- to the tune of some $20 million a year -- the Italian team got all the proof it needed at the European Grand Prix on Sunday when Schumacher stole the race from Ferrari's Jean Alesi on the 65th lap.

In one of the most exciting recent Formula One races, Schumacher showed why he won last year's Formula One world championship and why he is very close to making sure of snatching his second straight title in the Benetton-Renault he is abandoning.

With three races left in the season, Schumacher has a 27-point lead over Damon Hill, who spun out on lap 59 of the 67-lap race on the 4.542-kilometer circuit.

With two laps remaining, Schumacher squeezed past the Ferrari of Jean Alesi, the Frenchman who led most of the race after making only one pit stop and being one of the few drivers who started the race on slick tires.

He clocked one hour, 39 minutes, 59.044 seconds, for an average speed of 183.180 kph. Alesi finished second, 2.6 seconds behind, while David Coulthard, who started in pole position but had to race in a backup Williams-Renault car, finished third, 35.3 seconds behind.