2004 Australian Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 1 of 18 in the 2004 Formula One season
Albert Lake Park Street Circuit in Melbourne, Australia.svg
Date 7 March 2004
Official name 2004 Formula 1 Foster's Australian Grand Prix
Location Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne, Australia
Course Temporary street racing facility
5.303 km (3.295 mi)
Distance 58 laps, 307.574 km (191.11 mi)
Weather Dry & cloudy

Air Temp 20 °C (68 °F)[1]

Attendance 121,500[2]
Pole position
Driver Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Time 1:24.408
Fastest lap
Driver Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Time 1:24.125 on lap 29
Podium
First Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Second Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari
Third Spain Fernando Alonso Renault

The 2004 Australian Grand Prix was a Formula One race held on 7 March 2004 at the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit. Michael Schumacher won the race for Ferrari from pole position in a very dominant fashion, with his team-mate Rubens Barrichello finishing behind him in second. This one-two finish gave Ferrari a strong 9 point lead in the constructors' standings after just one race. Williams, Renault and BAR gathered points together, while McLaren, a team that had enjoyed success in years preceding this, only managed one point, with David Coulthard finishing a lapped 8th.[3]

Report[edit]

Qualifying resulted in a Ferrari one-two, with Juan Pablo Montoya third on the grid for Williams. Gianmaria Bruni, Christian Klien and Olivier Panis all failed to set a qualifying time.[4]

The race proved that Ferrari once again had a dominant car, with Michael Schumacher winning from team-mate Rubens Barrichello in Ferrari's first one-two since Japan 2002, while the rest of the field was over 20 seconds behind. Schumacher led every one of the 58 race laps.[5] At the start, Montoya was jumped by the Renault of Fernando Alonso. Montoya attempted to regain the place by going around the outside of the Spaniard into the first turn, but outbraked himself and ran wide. This dropped him behind his team-mate Ralf Schumacher, who'd qualified 8th. Despite repassing Ralf Schumacher on-track, the Colombian ended up behind him again by the race's end in fifth place.

Fernando Alonso gave Renault a podium with third place, while Jenson Button got BAR off the mark with sixth. Jarno Trulli finished 7th in the Renault and was the first lapped runner. McLaren seemed to be less competitive than in recent years, with Kimi Räikkönen becoming the first retirement of the year, dropping out with an engine problem, and with David Coulthard picking up just 1 point in eighth place. They had only qualified in the mid-field, with Räikkönen and Coulthard tenth and twelfth respectively.[3]

Sauber's Giancarlo Fisichella had a long battle for position in the midfield with Jordan's Nick Heidfeld. Fisichella passed Heidfeld, who later dropped out of the race with a transmission failure.

Other retirements were Zsolt Baumgartner (Minardi), Mark Webber (Jaguar) and Felipe Massa (Sauber). Mark Webber qualified in sixth place, and was running in the race with the Williams and BAR teams, but he suffered a transmission failure on lap 29. Felipe Massa survived a full 360 degree-spin before pulling off with a blown engine.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Time [6] Q2 Time[7] Q2 Gap
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:25.301 1:24.408
2 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 1:25.992 1:24.482 +0.074
3 3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 1:25.226 1:24.998 +0.590
4 9 United Kingdom Jenson Button BAR-Honda 1:25.898 1:24.998 +0.590
5 8 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 1:25.928 1:25.669 +1.261
6 14 Australia Mark Webber Jaguar-Cosworth 1:26.232 1:25.805 +1.397
7 10 Japan Takuma Sato BAR-Honda 1:26.737 1:25.851 +1.443
8 4 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 1:25.445 1:25.925 +1.517
9 7 Italy Jarno Trulli Renault 1:27.357 1:26.290 +1.882
10 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 1:25.592 1:26.297 +1.889
11 12 Brazil Felipe Massa Sauber-Petronas 1:26.833 1:27.065 +2.657
12 5 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:25.652 1:27.294 +2.886
13 16 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Toyota 1:28.274 1:27.823 +3.415
14 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Sauber-Petronas 1:26.286 1:27.845 +3.437
15 18 Germany Nick Heidfeld Jordan-Ford 1:27.469 1:28.178 +3.770
16 19 Italy Giorgio Pantano Jordan-Ford 1:29.156 1:30.140 +5.732
17 21 Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner Minardi-Cosworth 1:32.606 1:30.681 +6.273
18 17 France Olivier Panis Toyota 1:27.253 no time no time
19 15 Austria Christian Klien Jaguar-Cosworth 1:27.258 no time no time
20 20 Italy Gianmaria Bruni Minardi-Cosworth 1:30.912 no time no time

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 58 1:24:15.757 1 10
2 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 58 +13.605 2 8
3 8 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 58 +34.673 5 6
4 4 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 58 +1:00.423 8 5
5 3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 58 +1:08.536 3 4
6 9 United Kingdom Jenson Button BAR-Honda 58 +1:10.598 4 3
7 7 Italy Jarno Trulli Renault 57 +1 Lap 9 2
8 5 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 57 +1 Lap 12 1
9 10 Japan Takuma Sato BAR-Honda 57 +1 Lap 7
10 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Sauber-Petronas 57 +1 Lap 14
11 15 Austria Christian Klien Jaguar-Cosworth 56 +2 Laps 19
12 16 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Toyota 56 +2 Laps 13
13 17 France Olivier Panis Toyota 56 +2 Laps 18
14 19 Italy Giorgio Pantano Jordan-Ford 55 +3 Laps 16
Ret 12 Brazil Felipe Massa Sauber-Petronas 44 Engine 11
Ret 18 Germany Nick Heidfeld Jordan-Ford 43 Transmission 15
NC 20 Italy Gianmaria Bruni Minardi-Cosworth 43 Not Classified 20
Ret 14 Australia Mark Webber Jaguar-Cosworth 29 Transmission 6
Ret 21 Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner Minardi-Cosworth 13 Electrical 17
Ret 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 9 Engine 10

Lap leaders[edit]

Michael Schumacher (1-58)

Standings after the race[edit]

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.


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2003 Japanese Grand Prix
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2004 Malaysian Grand Prix
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References[edit]

  1. ^ "2004 Australian Grand Prix (Race)". Formula One (Formula One Group). 7 March 2004. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  2. ^ http://www.austadiums.com/sport/results.php?sid=8
  3. ^ a b "McLaren knows its weaknesses" Motorsport.com Retrieved 28 December 2007
  4. ^ "2004 Australian Grand Prix starting grid" Motorsport.com Retrieved 28 December 2007
  5. ^ "Dominant Australian GP win for Schumacher" Motorsport.com Retrieved 28 December 2007
  6. ^ The Official Formula One Season Review 2004
  7. ^ "The Official Formula 1 website". Retrieved 2011-05-19. 

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