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Schumacher Prevails, Worries

June 21, 2004|From Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — Michael Schumacher was all business on the track Sunday. Off it, he was worried about his injured brother, Ralf.

Schumacher cruised to a 2.9-second victory over Ferrari teammate Rubens Barrichello in a U.S. Grand Prix marred by several crashes, including one that left his brother in an Indianapolis hospital with back pain.

Afterward, the six-time world champion was subdued despite his eighth win in nine races this season.

"Obviously, that was the biggest concern I had, seeing Ralf sitting so long in the car," Schumacher said.

It took track workers several minutes to get Ralf Schumacher out of the car after he lost control, spun twice coming out of turn 13 and slammed hard into the outside wall. Team owner Frank Williams said the younger Schumacher was conscious, and able to move his arms and legs. The team issued a statement saying he would be kept overnight for observation.

Only eight cars finished the race.

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