Michael Schumacher put the icing on Ferrari's cake when he won the Malaysian Grand Prix
Schumacher makes in two-in-a-row to give Ferrari double titles Michael Schumacher

SEPANG, Malaysia, Oct 22 (AFP) - Michael Schumacher put the icing on Ferrari's cake when he won the Malaysian Grand Prix to give the Italian team the constructor's title here on Sunday.

Only two weeks after winning the driver's championship the 31-year-old underlined why he is the highest paid driver in the world, by pulling off the double for the first time in 21 years.

McLaren's David Coulthard was second with Ferrari number two Rubens Barrichello third.

McLaren's Mika Hakkinen could only manage fourth after receiving a 10 second penalty for a jump start.

The two-time world champion found himself reduced back into an unacustomed 19th place and his team's slender hopes of robbing Ferrari of the constructor's title gone.

Schumacher and Barrichello donned red wigs as they stepped out of their cars. Even a tearful team director Jean Todt wore one as the mechanics hugged each other.

Britain's Johnny Herbert's hopes of a points finish in the final grand prix of his career ended in near disaster when he crashed heavily into the barrier after the right wheel suddenly snapped off his Jaguar, littering the track with debris.

The 36-year-old was able to get himself out of his wrecked car but holding his right ankle he was taken away in a stretcher by track marshals.

Herbert nearly lost both legs in a bad crash in Formua 3000 in 1988. Doctors told him he would never be able to walk again but Herbert defied medical advice and won his way into Formula One.

Before the start of the final race of the season Schumacher had warned that it would take a miracle to prevent Ferrari claiming the double and none was forthcoming despite Hakkinen fighting back to fourth.

Coulthard had led the early part of the race but when he went into the pits after only 16 laps for a refuel and tyre change Schumacher greatfully took over the lead.

The Scot, despite a lightening quick seven second change round, came out 22 seconds behind which Schumacher stretched to more than 25 seconds before he needed to take his first pit.

Only a split second slower than the McLaren effort, the Ferrari team had the German out still ahead of Coulthard.

A charging Coulthard closed to within two seconds of the new triple world champion but again had to pit first and despite hounding Schumacher all the way home -- closing the gap to less than a second -- he was unable to get past Schumacher.

His second place finish gave Coulthard third spot in the driver's championship behind Schumacher and Hakkinen.

In the constructor's battle between the "rest of the best" Williams sealed third spot despite the fact that neither car finished.

Jenson Button went out on lap 18 when his engine exploded on the straight. Teammate Ralf Schumacher pulled into the pits and out of the race in the 45th lap.