Brawn Praises 'Exceptional' Schumacher

Ferrari technical director Ross Brawn praised World Champion Michael Schumacher after his thrilling performance at the San Marino Grand Prix

Brawn Praises 'Exceptional' Schumacher

The German's first podium of the season was also his 100th for Ferrari and he could not have hoped for it before the start, when he was 13th on the grid after an error in final qualifying.

The last 10 laps of the Imola race were a glorious duel, a clash of the generations with 23-year-old Spanish heir apparent Fernando Alonso holding his nerve against the most successful champion of them all.

Schumacher  was the faster, revelling in his new Ferrari's pace after three fraught races with little gain and plenty of pain.

Yet it was the Spaniard, nursing the engine of his Renault after winning with it in Bahrain three weeks ago, who defended his advantage all the way to the chequered flag and his third victory in succession.

"There will be a transition and there will be a stage where Michael will have to concede his throne, some way or other, some day he will stop or someone will beat him," said Brawn after the race.

"This is probably as tough a challenge that he has faced and Fernando is driving extremely well, much better than we have seen before.

"What pleased me today was how much fight Michael had in him. He was so angry after this morning and to come out of that and put in the performance he did today just shows how exceptional he is," he added.

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