2004 Canadian Grand Prix

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Canada  2004 Canadian Grand Prix
Race details
Race 8 of 18 in the 2004 Formula One season
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.svg
Date June 13, 2004
Official name XLII Grand Prix Air Canada
Location Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Canada
Course Street circuit
4.361 km (2.71 mi)
Distance 70 laps, 305.27 km (189.7 mi)
Weather Clear, 26°C
Pole position
Driver Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW
Time 1:12.275
Fastest lap
Driver Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari
Time 1:13.622 on lap 68
Podium
First Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Second Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari
Third United Kingdom Jenson Button BAR-Honda

The 2004 Canadian Grand Prix was a Formula One race held on June 13, 2004 at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

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.

In the post race inspections, Williams and Toyota were excluded from the race due to illegal brake ducts.


Report[edit]

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.[1]

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.

Heidfeld finished 12th, but was promoted to 8th because of other drivers being disqualified.

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.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Time[2] Gap
1 4 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 1:12.275
2 9 United Kingdom Jenson Button BAR-Honda 1:12.341 +0.066
3 7 Italy Jarno Trulli Renault 1:13.023 +0.748
4 3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 1:13.072 +0.797
5 8 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 1:13.308 +1.033
6 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:13.355 +1.080
7 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 1:13.562 +1.287
8 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 1:13.595 +1.320
9 5 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:13.681 +1.406
10 15 Austria Christian Klien Jaguar-Cosworth 1:14.532 +2.257
11 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Sauber-Petronas 1:14.674 +2.399
12 16 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Toyota 1:14.851 +2.576
13 17 France Olivier Panis Toyota 1:14.891 +2.616
14 14 Australia Mark Webber Jaguar-Cosworth 1:15.148 +2.873
15 18 Germany Nick Heidfeld Jordan-Ford 1:15.321 +3.046
16 19 Germany Timo Glock Jordan-Ford 1:16.323 +4.048
17 10 Japan Takuma Sato BAR-Honda 1:17.004 +4.729
18 21 Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner Minardi-Cosworth 1:17.064 +4.789
19 12 Brazil Felipe Massa Sauber-Petronas no time no time
20 20 Italy Gianmaria Bruni Minardi-Cosworth no time no time

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 70 1:28:24.803 6 10
2 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 70 +5.108 7 8
3 9 United Kingdom Jenson Button BAR-Honda 70 +20.409 2 6
4 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Sauber-Petronas 69 +1 Lap 11 5
5 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 69 +1 Lap 8 4
6 5 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 69 +1 Lap 9 3
7 19 Germany Timo Glock Jordan-Ford 68 +2 Laps 16 2
8 18 Germany Nick Heidfeld Jordan-Ford 68 +2 Laps 15 1
9 15 Austria Christian Klien Jaguar-Cosworth 67 +3 Laps 10  
10 21 Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner Minardi-Cosworth 66 +4 Laps 18  
Ret 12 Brazil Felipe Massa Sauber-Petronas 62 Accident 17  
Ret 10 Japan Takuma Sato BAR-Honda 48 Engine 20  
Ret 8 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 44 Driveshaft 5  
Ret 20 Italy Gianmaria Bruni Minardi-Cosworth 30 Gearbox 19  
Ret 14 Australia Mark Webber Jaguar-Cosworth 6 Suspension 14  
Ret 7 Italy Jarno Trulli Renault 0 Transmission 3  
DSQ 4 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 70 Disqualified 1  
DSQ 3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 70 Disqualified 4  
DSQ 16 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Toyota 69 Disqualified 12  
DSQ 17 France Olivier Panis Toyota 69 Disqualified 13  

Notes[edit]

Standings after the race[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Formula 1 Magazine (official). December 2003 issue. Page 13 - "Good Month, Bad Month" column.
  2. ^ "The Official Formula 1 website". Retrieved 2009-03-11. 


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