2004 Australian Grand Prix
|Race 1 of 18 in the 2004 Formula One season|
|Date||7 March 2004|
|Official name||2004 Formula 1 Foster's Australian Grand Prix|
|Location||Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne, Australia|
|Course||Temporary street circuit
5.303 km (3.296 mi)
|Distance||58 laps, 307.574 km (191.168 mi)|
|Weather||Dry & cloudy
Air Temp 20 °C (68 °F)
|Time||1:24.125 on lap 29|
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.
At the start, Alonso was up and away and ahead of Button and looking for a way to deal with Montoya while Jarno Trulli went from ninth on the grid to be fifth out of the first corner. He was aided in his task by Montoya, who went howling down to Turn 1, braked just a hint too late and Montoya was jumped by the Renault of Fernando Alonso as he tried to stay ahead of the surging Alonso. He went off and Alonso had to put some wheels on the grass to avoid a disaster. Montoya went back to seventh. That condemned the Colombian to an afternoon stuck in traffic and put paid to any challenge there might have been for Alonso. Behind all this there were a few wheels off the grass as others sorted themselves out (notably both Saubers) while Takuma Sato bumped the rear end of Trulli's Renault, slightly (but significantly) damaging both cars.
The Ferraris were gone already and as the afternoon developed all that Fernando Alonso could do was to watch the rears of the two red cars as they disappeared from his view. It did not take long. By the fourth lap they were two seconds ahead. By the eighth lap they were five seconds clear and after that Alonso had nothing to do. No-one else could keep up with him. 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. 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. 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. At the start, Montoya was jumped by the Renault of Fernando Alonso.
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. 
|Pos||No||Driver||Constructor||Q1 Time ||Q2 Time||Q2 Gap|
|3||3||Juan Pablo Montoya||Williams-BMW||1:25.226||1:24.998||+0.590|
|13||16||Cristiano da Matta||Toyota||1:28.274||1:27.823||+3.415|
|18||17||Olivier Panis||Toyota||1:27.253||no time||no time|
|19||15||Christian Klien||Jaguar-Cosworth||1:27.258||no time||no time|
|20||20||Gianmaria Bruni||Minardi-Cosworth||1:30.912||no time||no time|
|5||3||Juan Pablo Montoya||Williams-BMW||58||+1:08.536||3||4|
|7||7||Jarno Trulli||Renault||57||+1 Lap||9||2|
|8||5||David Coulthard||McLaren-Mercedes||57||+1 Lap||12||1|
|9||10||Takuma Sato||BAR-Honda||57||+1 Lap||7|
|10||11||Giancarlo Fisichella||Sauber-Petronas||57||+1 Lap||14|
|11||15||Christian Klien||Jaguar-Cosworth||56||+2 Laps||19|
|12||16||Cristiano da Matta||Toyota||56||+2 Laps||13|
|13||17||Olivier Panis||Toyota||56||+2 Laps||18|
|14||19||Giorgio Pantano||Jordan-Ford||55||+3 Laps||16|
|NC||20||Gianmaria Bruni||Minardi-Cosworth||43||Not Classified||20|
- Michael Schumacher (1-58)
Standings after the race
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
2003 Japanese Grand Prix
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2004 Malaysian Grand Prix
2003 Australian Grand Prix
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2005 Australian Grand Prix
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- "McLaren knows its weaknesses" Motorsport.com Retrieved 28 December 2007
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- The Official Formula One Season Review 2004
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