Formula One
 Monday, September 11
Winner Schumacher sobs afterward
 Associated Press

MONZA, Italy -- A tearful Michael Schumacher found little reason to celebrate after his victory in Sunday's Italian Grand Prix.

Schumacher's win was tempered by the death of a track worker.

Michael Schumacher closed within two points of Mika Hakkinen in the F-1 points race by winning Sunday's tragic Italian Grand Prix.

Paolo Ghislimberti, 33, a track crew member, was killed by flying debris from a first-lap chain collision.

Schumacher, who broke into tears after the awards ceremony, would not say why he was crying and could not stop sobbing.

"Sometimes there are questions which must not be made or answered," Schumacher said. "I would just say I'm happy and exhausted.

"This means a lot to me. What happened in the race has only a secondary importance .... I'm very sad to hear about the death."

Schumacher's Ferrari finished 3.81 seconds ahead of his McLaren rival Mika Hakkinen. The victory as Schumacher's third in five years in the Formula One race and his sixth this season.

The crash that killed Ghislimberti came on the second curve on the course. The crash sent seven cars off the track and left 15 drivers in the race.

The victory revived Schumacher's Formula One title hopes and touched off wild celebrations by the capacity crowd, unaware of the worker's death.

Schumacher, who started from the pole, lost command only briefly when he pitted to refuel and change tires.

Hakkinen, who at one point trailed the leader by 12 seconds, charged back in the closing laps.

"He had a little bit faster car, just enough," said Hakkinen, the two-time defending series champion. "In the final laps, Michael had no reason to push any more."

With three races left, Hakkinen has 80 points, two more than Schumacher.

"Two points are not a lot, but I'm still in front. ... I was lucky to finish the race," Hakkinen said.

Third-place finisher Ralf Schumacher was nearly a minute behind his brother. Jos Verstappen was fourth, and Alexander Wurz was fifth.

Michael Schumacher tied Ayrton Senna for second place on the career list of Grand Prix victories on Ferrari's home track. Alain Prost leads with 51.

An Italian magistrate opened an investigation into the crash and questioned some of the drivers involved. The International Auto Racing Federation requested a full report.


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