A jubilant Michael Schumacher took the checkered flag at the Sinopec Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai today, ahead of a disappointed Fernando Alonso who came in second, with Renault teammate Giancarlo Fisichella rounding out the podium in third. The two points Schumacher scored over Alonso brought the driver's championship to a tie.

Schumacher started the race in fifth sixth place after a disappointing qualifying session for Ferrari, while the Renault drivers took the front row. Schumacher once again earned his title of "King of the Rain" as he overcame the wet conditions to drive on to his 91st career victory. The exciting race was full of passes, crashes, spins and early retirements as the wet track gradually dried over the course of the race before the rain started again five laps before the finish.

With two races left to go in the season, the championship is in a dead heat as a retiring Schumacher strives to secure his record eighth world title over reigning champ Alonso. This season has been shaping up as the most exciting in recent F1 history; don't miss the final two rounds in Japan next week and Brazil on October 22.



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