The win extended Hakkinen's lead to six points in the drivers' world championship standings over Schumacher
Daring Hakkinen wins Belgian grand prix Mika Hakkinen

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium, Aug 27 (AFP) - Finland's two-time world champion Mika Hakkinen overtook Michael Schumacher in a daring move with less than four laps left and went on to win the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday.

The win extended Hakkinen's lead to six points in the drivers' world championship standings over Schumacher with four races left.

On the 41st of the 44 laps, Hakkinen and Schumacher went whizzing by a lapped car, Ricardo Zonta's BAR-Honda, one on each side, and Hakkinen slipped into the lead, having failed to get by Schumacher when the German had blocked his way two laps earlier.

"It was a great overtaking manoueuvre. I loved it. I'm not sure Michael did," Hakkinen beamed afterwards. "It was unusual to overtake someone on the straight line when the back marker is between us. I knew there was no point to try to follow Michael and try to overtake him because obviously he's not going to give me a lot.

"So I went to Plan B. I went completely to the inside and overtook the back marker the same time as Michael did. I got the tow from the back marker and it gave me extra speed."

Schumacher was surprised by Hakkinen's move.

"Once there is somebody on the same bit of road, normally only two cars can fit next to each other. But Mika made an outstanding manoeuvre to pass on the inside because that was unexpected from my side," Schumacher conceded.

"But honestly if he didn't catch me then he would have caught me a lap or two later. He was too fast."

Hakkinen's daredevil move made up for an earlier error when he slid momentarily out of control and lost the lead on the 13th lap and it appeared to give the race to Schumacher.

"I thought there was something weird going on but then again let's look at the video," Hakkinen said. "At the moment I'm cool and not complaining."

Schumacher thought he was within the regulations. "I think I moved from the left to the right and I expect the same from my competitors. There was nothing else in my view that other people haven't done to me so far."

Schumacher ended up just over a second behind at the end. Ralf Schumacher, Michael's brother, was third, 38.0sec back, in a Williams-BMW.

Jenson Button, the 20-year-old rookie for the Williams team, David Coulthard, in the other McLaren and Heinz-Harald Frentzen in a Jordan-Mugen-Honda followed.

It was the 18th career victory and fourth this season for Hakkinen, who is seeking to become the first driver to win three straight world titles since Juan Manuel Fangio did so in the early 1950s.

After two days of sunny weather, there was rain overnight and Sunday morning. This made race officials use a rolling start with the warm-up lap counting as the first lap behind the safety car.

Hakkinen led Jarno Trulli and Button at the start with Schumacher in fourth.

But it was only a matter of time before Schumacher's superiority in the wet would show. He moved into second, passing Button and Trulli on the fifth lap. Button bumped Trulli out of the race as he fought to hold his position on a turn.

Then the cars started a parade into the pits to change to dry weather tyres before the race changed dramatically on the 13th lap.

Hakkinen slightly lost control and slid entering a curve. Although he did not bang into any barriers, he slipped sideways and went on to the grass before righting the car, but it had cost him 10sec and the lead.

But after the second pit stop it was Hakkinen's turn to move.

With six laps to go Hakkinen came within a second of Schumacher. A first move to pass by Hakkinen came on the 39th lap and Schumacher moved across to block his path.

Two laps later Hakkinen took advantage of lapping Ricardo Zonta's BAR-Honda to take the lead.

The next race is the Italian Grand Prix Sept 20.