posted on Mar, 21 2004 @ 11:53 AM
World champion Michael Schumacher continued his
ruthless domination of Formula One as he claimed his second win of the season and the 72nd of his career in Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix.Ferrari's
Schumacher, who won the season-opening Australian Grand Prix two weeks ago, made the perfect start and was never seriously troubled as he led home
Williams driver Juan Pablo Montoya.
Jenson Button was greeted with cheers from the crazy Malaysian Grand Prix crowd as he rose onto a Formula One podium for the first time in his career
on Sunday.BAR driver Button, who had finished fourth on five occasions, finally stood on the podium after an impressive drive to finish ahead of
Barrichello.He was almost drowned in champagne by Juan Pablo Montoya and race winner Michael Schumacher.
Schumacher scored the victory and it was his 72nd in Formula
One and while it was not the cakewalk of Melbourne a fortnight ago,that he won in conditions not typically suitable for Ferrari and their Bridgestone
tyres was an impressive feat.The six times world champion dealt impeccably with the early rain, fended off Montoya when the Colombian challenged and
then closed out victory by five seconds.Montoya made a flying start and benefited from a mistake by Ferrari's Rubens Barrichello to claim the
runners-up spot, while Button was left in ecstasy after finishing in third.Renault's Jarno Trulli won a battle with David Coulthard, of McLaren, for
fifth place while Fernando Alonso, who started from the back of the grid, scored points in seventh with Sauber's Felipe Massa eighth.Mark Webber, who
had started second on the grid, endured a nightmare race and spun out while championship hopefuls Kimi Raikkonen and Ralf Schumacher retired because
of mechanical problems.