Emotional win puts Schuey back in frame

Michael Schumacher broke down in tears after an Italian Grand Prix victory that took him to within two points of championship leader Mika Hakkinen.

Emotional win puts Schuey back in frame

Schumacher, whose sixth win of the season puts him on 78 points with three races still to go, equalled Ayrton Senna's 41-race win tally with his Monza victory. In the post-race TV conference, the Ferrari driver broke down in tears after just one question and had to be comforted by Hakkinen and his third-placed brother Ralf.

"I don't have the words to describe how I feel today," said Schumacher later. "This victory means a lot to me partly because we are in Italy and in front of Ferrari's incredible fans.

"Obviously we have been in some difficulties over the last few races and have not been as competitive as we wished to be. But we are now back on the road for the title - which we showed all weekend.

"The crowd has been amazing," he added. "I got much more support than 1998 when I was last here, and it has got to me more this time. Part of what I am feeling is relief. Relief that I'm back on the road for victories."

The win was Schumacher's third victory at Monza. However, it was marred by an opening lap accident in which a marshal was hit by a flying tyre and later died from his injuries.

For full race report, click here.

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