2004 Canadian Grand Prix
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|Race 8 of 18 in the 2004 Formula One season|
|Date||June 13, 2004|
|Official name||XLII Grand Prix Air Canada|
|Location||Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Canada|
4.361 km (2.71 mi)
|Distance||70 laps, 305.27 km (189.7 mi)|
|Time||1:13.622 on lap 68|
It was won by Michael Schumacher, with teammate Rubens Barrichello second, making for a 1-2 finish for the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro as part of a season where Ferrari took the most wins of the season and the driver's championship.
The 2004 Canadian Grand Prix nearly didn't happen, originally being dropped from the calendar in 2003 but later reinstated. The issue was to do with tobacco sponsorship.
It was the eighth race of the 2004 Formula One season, and was the first of two North American consecutive rounds. The Canadian Grand Prix 2004 was one of drama, but at the finish line Michael Schumacher took his 77th career victory, his 7th win of the 2004 season, and his 7th win in Canada. The Renaults were fast off the line as was expected, but a suspension failure put Jarno Trulli out of the race before he'd reached the second corner. Takuma Sato starting from the pit lane had a close shave with the two Jaguars and David Coulthard. Christian Klien's Jaguar was hit from behind, propelling him into the McLaren of Coulthard, which also resulted in a collision with Mark Webber who was forced to pit with a punctured tyre, but later retired with suspension failure.
After the start, Fernando Alonso was up to third behind pole sitter Ralf Schumacher and Jenson Button. Jordan debutante Timo Glock took advantage of the second corner tangle and managed to find himself in 10th. As the race progressed, Rubens Barrichello moved ahead of Kimi Räikkönen into 6th position, as Glock was forced back by faster cars. Sauber's Felipe Massa battled with the ailing Takuma Sato for 14th, as Coulthard moved up to 12th, with the Toyotas in a strong 8th and 9th. The McLaren's were first to pit as part of their three stop strategy, followed shortly by Button and Montoya. Ralf Schumacher was 5 seconds ahead of Alonso until he pitted and rejoined in fourth, whilst Alonso's podium hopes were later dashed by a problem with the fuel hose which forced the Renault pit crew to resort to the spare hose, costing Alonso an additional 16 seconds. Räikkönen's afternoon couldn't get much worse, as he served a drive through penalty for crossing the white line on his exit from the pit lane. Barrichello later rejoined after his first pit stop behind Montoya, to make the running order Ralf Schumacher, Jenson Button, Michael Schumacher, Juan Pablo Montoya, Rubens Barrichello and Fernando Alonso.
Nick Heidfeld was involved in an incident in the pit lane where the lollipop man lifted whilst the fuel hose was still attached, and the fuel man was dragged along as the Jordan pulled away. The Saubers were on a long first stint and Giancarlo Fisichella didn't pit until lap 25, surprisingly rejoining in the points. Meanwhile Button was closing the gap to Ralf Schumacher, as Montoya did likewise to Ralf's older brother Michael.
Minardi's Gianmaria Bruni was hauled in for a drive through penalty for speeding in the pit lane, but retired with gearbox failure shortly after. Ralf pitted again on lap 33, and rejoined in 3rd whilst Coulthard narrowly missed another collision with a fiery Christian Klien. In the second stint, Barrichello was seemingly much faster than his team mate Michael Schumacher, but couldn't find a way past the reigning champion. Alonso began to fly in fourth, as the adventurous Klien took an airborne trip over the grass. Alonso's charge was short-lived though, as his Renault pulled slowly to the side of the circuit with a driveshaft failure. Räikkönen, Barrichello and Michael Schumacher took their second pit stops without much hassle, although Schumacher had a leary moment when he almost hit the pit wall.
Ralf Schumacher then took his third and final stop, and so too did Montoya and Button. Takuma Sato's disappointing afternoon ended with the Honda engine exploding. As the final stages of the race approached, Michael Schumacher led brother Ralf, with Barrichello, Button, and Montoya following, and Räikkönen in sixth. Räikkönen then had to make yet another pit stop to change his steering wheel, dropping the Finn down to 7th.
With a few laps left to go, Felipe Massa suffered a rear suspension failure at the hairpin, a wheel flying beyond the retaining fence (fortunately nobody was injured) as his Sauber flew into the tyre barrier. The Brazilian was taken to hospital for precautionary tests, but was basically unharmed. Christian Klien continued an entertaining afternoon by spinning 360 degrees, narrowly avoiding a surprised Timo Glock.
The front runners remained the same until the chequered flag, Michael Schumacher and Scuderia Ferrari coming away with a 7th victory of the season. Younger brother Ralf, and Barrichello completed the podium portrait. Jenson Button ended the race in 4th, and Montoya finished in 5th. Giancarlo Fisichella's quiet race ended with an impressive 6th, with Räikkönen taking two points for seventh and Toyota's Cristiano da Matta taking the final point for 8th.
After the race, however, both Toyota's and Williams's cars were disqualified with brake irregularities, brake ducts seemingly not conforming to regulations. After the disqualification, Jenson Button claimed 3rd, with Giancarlo Fisichella taking 4th, Räikkönen and Coulthard taking 5th and 6th, and an excellent result for Timo Glock and Nick Heidfeld in 7th and 8th respectively, giving Jordan a good points haul.
|4||11||Giancarlo Fisichella||Sauber-Petronas||69||+1 Lap||11||5|
|5||6||Kimi Räikkönen||McLaren-Mercedes||69||+1 Lap||8||4|
|6||5||David Coulthard||McLaren-Mercedes||69||+1 Lap||9||3|
|7||19||Timo Glock||Jordan-Ford||68||+2 Laps||16||2|
|8||18||Nick Heidfeld||Jordan-Ford||68||+2 Laps||15||1|
|9||15||Christian Klien||Jaguar-Cosworth||67||+3 Laps||10|
|10||21||Zsolt Baumgartner||Minardi-Cosworth||66||+4 Laps||18|
|DSQ||3||Juan Pablo Montoya||Williams-BMW||70||Disqualified||4|
|DSQ||16||Cristiano da Matta||Toyota||69||Disqualified||12|
- Lap Leaders: Ralf Schumacher 29 (1-14, 19-32, 47), Fernando Alonso 2 (15-16) and Michael Schumacher 39 (17-18, 33-46, 48-70)
- Timo Glock replaced Giorgio Pantano in this race, due to personal circumstances for Pantano.
- Williams, whose drivers Ralf Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya finished 2nd and 5th and Toyota, whose drivers Cristiano da Matta and Olivier Panis finished 8th and 10th were excluded from the race due to an irregularity in the brake ducts. If Ralf wasn't disqualified, this would've marked the fifth time the Schumacher brothers scored a one-two finish. This would have meant that the race in Japan that same year would mark the sixth Schumacher 1-2.
- Jordan was the main beneficiary of the disqualifications, with Nick Heidfeld and Timo Glock scoring points.
- Timo Glock scored points on his F1 debut.
Standings after the race
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
- Formula 1 Magazine (official). December 2003 issue. Page 13 - "Good Month, Bad Month" column.
- "The Official Formula 1 website". Retrieved 2009-03-11.
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