2004 Formula One season

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2004
FIA Formula One World Championship season
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Michael Schumacher won his final world championship with Ferrari (Picture taken in 2005).
Rubens Barrichello finished second for the Scuderia.
Jenson Button impressed in his first year of team leadership at BAR with third place.

The 2004 Formula One season was the 55th season of FIA Formula One motor racing. It featured the 2004 FIA Formula One World Championship, which was contested over an eighteen event series which ran from 7 March to 24 October 2004. The championship was dominated by Michael Schumacher and Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro with the German driver winning the Drivers Championship for the fifth consecutive year and the Italian constructor winning the Constructors Championship for the sixth straight season. Also notable were the success of BAR and Renault, and the relatively poor performance of Williams and McLaren.

Michael Schumacher won 12 of the first 13 races and eventually scored 13 race victories, breaking his own record of 11 race wins in a season, set in 2002. He also won a record seventh Drivers' Championship with his teammate Rubens Barrichello winning two of the last four races and finishing second in the title. Jenson Button, though failing to win a grand prix, secured ten podium finishes and one pole position to finish third in the Drivers Championship. Along with Japanese team mate Takuma Sato, Button delivered BAR an impressive second place in the Constructors Championship behind Ferrari.

Four of the ten teams, Ferrari, Renault, Jaguar, and Toyota, were subsidiaries of major car companies and one, BAR, was a division of a tobacco company. Williams and McLaren, both privately owned teams, had engine supply agreements with major car companies, BMW and Mercedes-Benz respectively, and Honda produced engines for BAR. The other three teams, Jordan, Sauber and Minardi, were also privately owned but received little substantial sponsorship, and consequently tended to end up toward the back of the grid. Sauber received Ferrari engines badged under the Petronas name, and also received sponsorship from the Malaysian oil and gas company.

This season saw the Minardi team score their first points since 2002, with Zsolt Baumgartner finishing 8th at the 2004 United States Grand Prix.

The 2004 Canadian Grand Prix was a very dramatic race. First, Timo Glock replaced Giorgio Pantano in this race, due to personal circumstances for Pantano. Then, Williams and Toyota were excluded from the race due to an irregularity in the brake ducts. That meant the Jordan team was the main beneficiary of the disqualifications, with Nick Heidfeld and Timo Glock both scoring points, Glock in his debut Formula One race. Immediately before the 2004 Chinese Grand Prix, Giorgio Pantano was dropped by the Jordan team and Timo Glock replaced him for the last 3 races.

Ralf Schumacher had a difficult season. He suffered a massive accident during the 2004 United States Grand Prix and was out of action for 6 races. Marc Gené and Antônio Pizzonia replaced him during his absence.

Jarno Trulli's relationship with the Renault team deteriorated after his first victory at the 2004 Monaco Grand Prix. He left the team after the 2004 Italian Grand Prix, which was also Pantano's last race for the Jordan team. Former world champion Jacques Villeneuve replaced Jarno Trulli at Renault for the final 3 races. Trulli missed the 2004 Chinese Grand Prix, but he returned in the 2004 Japanese Grand Prix and the 2004 Brazilian Grand Prix with the Toyota team. That meant the 2004 Japanese Grand Prix was Jarno Trulli's first race with the new team.

Cristiano da Matta's string of disappointing results during the season led to his replacement by test driver Ricardo Zonta from Hungary onwards except the 2004 Japanese Grand Prix. Da Matta did not race for Toyota again and in 2005 he returned to Champ Car racing claiming that F1 was not competitive enough.

This was Olivier Panis's last season as he decided to retire from the race seat after 2004 Japanese Grand Prix. However he stayed with the Toyota team, as the test driver.

2004 was the final season for Jaguar Racing and engine manufacturer Ford, as they both withdrew from Formula One at the end of the year.

This season saw all ten teams score at least one World Championship point.

From the 2004 season onward, all teams which had not finished in the top four in the previous year's Constructors Championship were allowed to run a third car in the Friday practice session before each grand prix, for testing purposes. Other teams were also permitted to have test drivers, although they were not allowed to compete in Friday practice. Sauber chose not to run its third driver in these sessions because of the added expense.

Drivers and constructors[edit]

The following teams and drivers competed in the 2004 FIA Formula One World Championship.

Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre No Driver Rounds No Free Practice driver(s)
Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F2004 Ferrari 053 B 1 Germany Michael Schumacher All N/A
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello All
United Kingdom BMW WilliamsF1 Team Williams-BMW FW26 BMW P84 M 3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya All N/A
4 Germany Ralf Schumacher 1–9, 16–18
Spain Marc Gené1 10–11
Brazil Antônio Pizzonia2 12–15
United Kingdom West McLaren Mercedes McLaren-Mercedes MP4-19
MP4-19B
Mercedes FO 110Q M 5 United Kingdom David Coulthard All N/A
6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen All
France Mild Seven Renault F1 Team Renault R24 Renault RS24 M 7 Italy Jarno Trulli 1–15 N/A
Canada Jacques Villeneuve3 16–18
8 Spain Fernando Alonso All
United Kingdom Lucky Strike BAR Honda BAR-Honda 006 Honda RA004E M 9 United Kingdom Jenson Button All 35 United Kingdom Anthony Davidson
10 Japan Takuma Sato All
Switzerland Sauber Petronas Sauber-Petronas C23 Petronas 04A B 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella All N/A
12 Brazil Felipe Massa All
United Kingdom Jaguar Racing Jaguar-Cosworth R5 Cosworth CR-6 M 14 Australia Mark Webber All 37 Sweden Björn Wirdheim
15 Austria Christian Klien All
Japan Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota TF104
TF104B
Toyota RVX-04 M 16 Brazil Cristiano da Matta4 1–12 38 Brazil Ricardo Zonta
Australia Ryan Briscoe
Brazil Ricardo Zonta5 13–16
Italy Jarno Trulli6 17–18
17 France Olivier Panis7 1–17
Brazil Ricardo Zonta 18
Republic of Ireland Jordan Ford Jordan-Ford EJ14 Ford RS2 B 18 Germany Nick Heidfeld All 39 Germany Timo Glock
Netherlands Robert Doornbos8
19 Italy Giorgio Pantano9 1–7, 9–15
Germany Timo Glock10 8, 16–18
Italy Minardi Cosworth Minardi-Cosworth PS04B Cosworth CR-3 L B 20 Italy Gianmaria Bruni All 40 Belgium Bas Leinders
21 Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner All

All engines were 3.0 litre, V10 configuration.

Driver changes[edit]

The 2004 season featured several driver line-up changes prior to the season, and more changes during the season proper. Three teams (Minardi, Jordan and Sauber) started 2004 with completely new driver line-ups.

At BAR, following Jacques Villeneuve's departure from the team before the 2003 Japanese Grand Prix, former test driver Takuma Sato was permanently given the second race seat alongside Jenson Button; after serving in a temporary capacity during 2003, Anthony Davidson became the permanent test driver replacing Takuma Sato.

At Minardi, Nicolas Kiesa was unable to keep his seat and was released; Jos Verstappen left the Italian team as a result of sponsorship problems, and an unwillingness to spend another year competing with other backmarkers in the uncompetitive team, and Gianmaria Bruni who had performed a limited amount of testing in 2003, was signed to a full-time drive. Zsolt Baumgartner was confirmed as the second full-time driver after the Hungarian government provided sponsorship. Baumgartner had performed replacement duties at Jordan in 2003 after Ralph Firman suffered injuries from a crash in Hungary. Completing the all-new lineup Bas Leinders and Tiago Monteiro were signed as test drivers for 2004. Leinders was signed from the ranks of the World Series by Nissan, while Monteiro was signed from the American Fittipaldi Champ Car team.

Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Sauber mutually parted company at the end of 2003, and Frentzen moved out of F1 and joined fellow ex-F1 drivers Mika Häkkinen and Jean Alesi in the DTM. Nick Heidfeld was also released by Sauber, and appeared to have no drive for 2004. However several successful test drives at Jordan landed him a seat there. Fisichella left Jordan after 2003 having signed a drive for Sauber. This meant that Heidfeld and Fisichella effectively swapped seats. Sauber's other new driver was Felipe Massa who left his test position at Ferrari and returned to the team where he had raced in 2002. As Sauber used Ferrari engines in 2003, Massa took considerable knowledge of Ferrari components with him.

Choosing not to extend Justin Wilson's contract, Jaguar signed up Christian Klien to partner Mark Webber in the R5. Wilson turned down a test drive and departed Jaguar to join the Mi-Jack Conquest Racing team in Champ Car racing in America. Björn Wirdheim was signed as their Friday test driver. The other Friday test drivers are Franck Montagny, was rewarded for a championship year in the World Series by Nissan with a permanent test drive at Renault, Ryan Briscoe joined Ricardo Zonta as a test driver at Toyota, and Pedro de la Rosa returned to F1 as a test driver for McLaren.

Team changes[edit]

As part of a global restructuring and cost-cutting exercise, Ford announced during the season that they would not be entering into the F1 championship in 2005 via their Jaguar team. They also announced that their Cosworth motor and engineering divisions were being sold. The Jaguar team was eventually bought by Red Bull and effectively continued to compete as Red Bull Racing in 2005.

Race calendar[edit]

The 2004 Formula One calendar featured two new events, the Bahrain Grand Prix and the Chinese Grand Prix, held at two newly built circuits in Sakhir and Shanghai. The season featured the most races outside Europe to that point, with eight Grands Prix in the Americas, Asia and Oceania. The Brazilian Grand Prix moved from its traditional early season slot to become the season finale, whereas the United States Grand Prix moved from its previous date in late September to late June as a back-to-back race with the Canadian Grand Prix.

The only exit was the Austrian Grand Prix, after seven years raced at the A1-Ring, the modified circuit old Österreichring. The grandstands and pit buildings were demolished during the year, rendering the track unusable for any motorsport category. The circuit eventually reopened in 2011 as the Red Bull Ring.

Round Grand Prix Circuit Date
1 Australian Grand Prix Australia Albert Park, Melbourne 7 March
2 Malaysian Grand Prix Malaysia Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur 21 March
3 Bahrain Grand Prix Bahrain Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir 4 April
4 San Marino Grand Prix Italy Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola 25 April
5 Spanish Grand Prix Spain Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona 9 May
6 Monaco Grand Prix Monaco Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo 23 May
7 European Grand Prix Germany Nürburgring, Nürburg 30 May
8 Canadian Grand Prix Canada Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal 13 June
9 United States Grand Prix United States Indianapolis Motor Speedway 20 June
10 French Grand Prix France Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours, Magny Cours 4 July
11 British Grand Prix United Kingdom Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone 11 July
12 German Grand Prix Germany Hockenheimring, Hockenheim 25 July
13 Hungarian Grand Prix Hungary Hungaroring, Budapest 15 August
14 Belgian Grand Prix Belgium Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Spa 29 August
15 Italian Grand Prix Italy Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza 12 September
16 Chinese Grand Prix China Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai 26 September
17 Japanese Grand Prix Japan Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka 10 October
18 Brazilian Grand Prix Brazil Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo 24 October

Results and standings[edit]

Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro won the 2004 FIA Formula One World Championship for Constructors
Lucky Strike BAR Honda placed second in the Constructors Championship
Mild Seven Renault F1 Team placed third in the Constructors Championship

Season review[edit]

The season started in Australia at Albert Park and Michael Schumacher led a Ferrari 1–2. He followed that up with another victory at Sepang and led another Ferrari 1–2 at Bahrain. Jenson Button scored his maiden pole in San Marino but Michael Schumacher beat him to the line. Thereafter Schumacher dominated the Spanish Grand Prix as well. In Monaco Jarno Trulli won from pole after surviving intense pressure from Jenson Button in a race that saw Michael Schumacher crash out. Schumacher won the European GP at the Nurburgring and won the Canadian GP in a strategic battle. The US GP was a dramatic race with a high attrition rate that saw only 8 cars cross the finish line in a race dominated by accidents and saw Ralf Schumacher make a massive accident. That race was also won by Michael Schumacher. In France Schumacher beat Fernando Alonso in a strategic move. In Britain he overpowered polesitter, Kimi Räikkönen, to take his 10th win of the season. In Germany he won after his main opponent, Kimi Räikkönen, suffered a rear wing failure after setting faster laps than Schumacher. Schumacher led another Ferrari 1–2 in Hungary to secure Ferrari the constructors trophy. The Belgian GP was also dominated by accidents and safety car periods and Kimi Räikkönen eventually won the race from a low 10th place on the grid. Michael Schumacher finished second and thus secured himself the world title. In a rain affected Italian GP Barrichello led a Ferrari 1–2 in front of the loyal tifosi. The Chinese GP was also won by Barrichello with Button and Räikkönen finishing within 2 seconds of him while Michael Schumacher could only manage a 12th place after starting from the pitlane. The Japanese GP weekend was somewhat spoiled by a Typhoon that caused widespread damage to parts of Japan and which saw the postponement of qualifying to the morning of race day. Michael Schumacher took his 13th race win in a dry race that saw the rain hold off. The Brazilian GP was won by Juan Pablo Montoya on his last outing for the Williams team scoring their last victory until the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix. In the end Schumacher was on top with 148 points followed by Barrichello on 114 points and Ferrari on top in the Constructors' Championship with 262 points.

Grands Prix[edit]

Rd. Grand Prix Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning Driver Constructor Report
1 Australia Australian Grand Prix Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari Report
2 Malaysia Malaysian Grand Prix Germany Michael Schumacher Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari Report
3 Bahrain Bahrain Grand Prix Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari Report
4 Italy San Marino Grand Prix United Kingdom Jenson Button Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari Report
5 Spain Spanish Grand Prix Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari Report
6 Monaco Monaco Grand Prix Italy Jarno Trulli Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Jarno Trulli France Renault Report
7 Germany European Grand Prix Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari Report
8 Canada Canadian Grand Prix Germany Ralf Schumacher Brazil Rubens Barrichello Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari Report
9 United States United States Grand Prix Brazil Rubens Barrichello Brazil Rubens Barrichello Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari Report
10 France French Grand Prix Spain Fernando Alonso Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari Report
11 United Kingdom British Grand Prix Finland Kimi Räikkönen Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari Report
12 Germany German Grand Prix Germany Michael Schumacher Finland Kimi Räikkönen Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari Report
13 Hungary Hungarian Grand Prix Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari Report
14 Belgium Belgian Grand Prix Italy Jarno Trulli Finland Kimi Räikkönen Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
15 Italy Italian Grand Prix Brazil Rubens Barrichello Brazil Rubens Barrichello Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari Report
16 China Chinese Grand Prix Brazil Rubens Barrichello Germany Michael Schumacher Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari Report
17 Japan Japanese Grand Prix Germany Michael Schumacher Brazil Rubens Barrichello Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari Report
18 Brazil Brazilian Grand Prix Brazil Rubens Barrichello Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW Report

Drivers Championship[edit]

Pos [1] Driver AUS
Australia
MAL
Malaysia
BHR
Bahrain
SMR
Italy
ESP
Spain
MON
Monaco
EUR
Germany
CAN
Canada
USA
United States
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
HUN
Hungary
BEL
Belgium
ITA
Italy
CHN
China
JPN
Japan
BRA
Brazil
Points
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 1 1 1 1 1 Ret 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 12 1 7 148
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 2 4 2 6 2 3 2 2 2 3 3 12 2 3 1 1 Ret 3 114
3 United Kingdom Jenson Button 6 3 3 2 8 2 3 3 Ret 5 4 2 5 Ret 3 2 3 Ret 85
4 Spain Fernando Alonso 3 7 6 4 4 Ret 5 Ret Ret 2 10 3 3 Ret Ret 4 5 4 59
5 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 5 2 13 3 Ret 4 8 DSQ DSQ 8 5 5 4 Ret 5 5 7 1 58
6 Italy Jarno Trulli 7 5 4 5 3 1 4 Ret 4 4 Ret 11 Ret 9 10 11 12 46
7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ret Ret Ret 8 11 Ret Ret 5 6 7 2 Ret Ret 1 Ret 3 6 2 45
8 Japan Takuma Sato 9 15 5 16 5 Ret Ret Ret 3 Ret 11 8 6 Ret 4 6 4 6 34
9 Germany Ralf Schumacher 4 Ret 7 7 6 10 Ret DSQ Ret Ret 2 5 24
10 United Kingdom David Coulthard 8 6 Ret 12 10 Ret Ret 6 7 6 7 4 9 7 6 9 Ret 11 24
11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 10 11 11 9 7 Ret 6 4 9 12 6 9 8 5 8 7 8 9 22
12 Brazil Felipe Massa Ret 8 12 10 9 5 9 Ret Ret 13 9 13 Ret 4 12 8 9 8 12
13 Australia Mark Webber Ret Ret 8 13 12 Ret 7 Ret Ret 9 8 6 10 Ret 9 10 Ret Ret 7
14 France Olivier Panis 13 12 9 11 Ret 8 11 DSQ 5 15 Ret 14 11 8 Ret 14 14 6
15 Brazil Antônio Pizzonia 7 7 Ret 7 6
16 Austria Christian Klien 11 10 14 14 Ret Ret 12 9 Ret 11 14 10 13 6 13 Ret 12 14 3
17 Brazil Cristiano da Matta 12 9 10 Ret 13 6 Ret DSQ Ret 14 13 Ret 3
18 Germany Nick Heidfeld Ret Ret 15 Ret Ret 7 10 8 Ret 16 15 Ret 12 11 14 13 13 Ret 3
19 Germany Timo Glock 7 15 15 15 2
20 Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner Ret 16 Ret 15 Ret 9 15 10 8 Ret Ret 16 15 Ret 15 16 Ret 16 1
21 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 11 10 10 0
22 Brazil Ricardo Zonta Ret 10 11 Ret 13 0
23 Spain Marc Gené 10 12 0
24 Italy Giorgio Pantano 14 13 16 Ret Ret Ret 13 Ret 17 Ret 15 Ret Ret Ret 0
25 Italy Gianmaria Bruni NC 14 17 Ret Ret Ret 14 Ret Ret 18 16 17 14 Ret Ret Ret 16 17 0
Pos Driver AUS
Australia
MAL
Malaysia
BHR
Bahrain
SMR
Italy
ESP
Spain
MON
Monaco
EUR
Germany
CAN
Canada
USA
United States
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
HUN
Hungary
BEL
Belgium
ITA
Italy
CHN
China
JPN
Japan
BRA
Brazil
Points
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Light blue Practiced only (PO)
Friday test driver (TD)
(from 2003 onwards)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)

Bold - Pole
Italics - Fastest lap

Drivers did not finish the Grand Prix, but were classified as they completed over 90% of the race distance.

Drivers Championship points were awarded on a 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis for the first eight positions at each event.[2]

Constructors Championship[edit]

Pos [1] Constructor Car
no.
AUS
Australia
MAL
Malaysia
BHR
Bahrain
SMR
Italy
ESP
Spain
MON
Monaco
EUR
Germany
CAN
Canada
USA
United States
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
HUN
Hungary
BEL
Belgium
ITA
Italy
CHN
China
JPN
Japan
BRA
Brazil
Points
1 Italy Ferrari 1 1 1 1 1 1 Ret 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 12 1 7 262
2 2 4 2 6 2 3 2 2 2 3 3 12 2 3 1 1 Ret 3
2 United Kingdom BAR-Honda 9 6 3 3 2 8 2 3 3 Ret 5 4 2 5 Ret 3 2 3 Ret 119
10 9 15 5 16 5 Ret Ret Ret 3 Ret 11 8 6 Ret 4 6 4 6
3 France Renault 7 7 5 4 5 3 1 4 Ret 4 4 Ret 11 Ret 9 10 11 10 10 105
8 3 7 6 4 4 Ret 5 Ret Ret 2 10 3 3 Ret Ret 4 5 4
4 United Kingdom Williams-BMW 3 5 2 13 3 Ret 4 8 DSQ DSQ 8 5 5 4 Ret 5 5 7 1 88
4 4 Ret 7 7 6 10 Ret DSQ Ret 10 12 7 7 Ret 7 Ret 2 5
5 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 5 8 6 Ret 12 10 Ret Ret 6 7 6 7 4 9 7 6 9 Ret 11 69
6 Ret Ret Ret 8 11 Ret Ret 5 6 7 2 Ret Ret 1 Ret 3 6 2
6 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 11 10 11 11 9 7 Ret 6 4 9 12 6 9 8 5 8 7 8 9 34
12 Ret 8 12 10 9 5 9 Ret Ret 13 9 13 Ret 4 12 8 9 8
7 United Kingdom Jaguar-Cosworth 14 Ret Ret 8 13 12 Ret 7 Ret Ret 9 8 6 10 Ret 9 10 Ret Ret 10
15 11 10 14 14 Ret Ret 12 9 Ret 11 14 10 13 6 13 Ret 12 14
8 Japan Toyota 16 12 9 10 Ret 13 6 Ret DSQ Ret 14 13 Ret Ret 10 11 Ret 11 12 9
17 13 12 9 11 Ret 8 11 DSQ 5 15 Ret 14 11 8 Ret 14 14 13
9 Republic of Ireland Jordan-Ford 18 Ret Ret 15 Ret Ret 7 10 8 Ret 16 15 Ret 12 11 14 13 13 Ret 5
19 14 13 16 Ret Ret Ret 13 7 Ret 17 Ret 15 Ret Ret Ret 15 15 15
10 Italy Minardi-Cosworth 20 NC 14 17 Ret Ret Ret 14 Ret Ret 18 16 17 14 Ret Ret Ret 16 17 1
21 Ret 16 Ret 15 Ret 9 15 10 8 Ret Ret 16 15 Ret 15 16 Ret 16
Pos Constructor Car
no.
AUS
Australia
MAL
Malaysia
BHR
Bahrain
SMR
Italy
ESP
Spain
MON
Monaco
EUR
Germany
CAN
Canada
USA
United States
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
HUN
Hungary
BEL
Belgium
ITA
Italy
CHN
China
JPN
Japan
BRA
Brazil
Points
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Light blue Practiced only (PO)
Friday test driver (TD)
(from 2003 onwards)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)

Constructors Championship points were awarded on 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis for the first eight positions at each event with the results from both cars being taken into account.[2]

Note: Official FIA classifications for the 2004 Constructors Championship listed the constructors as Scuderia Ferrari Malboro, Lucky Strike BAR Honda, Mild Seven Renault F1 Team etc.[1]

Notes[edit]

  • Williams driver Marc Gené replaced Ralf Schumacher, injured at 2004 United States Grand Prix, in France and Great Britain.
  • After being unceremoniously dumped from a Jaguar full-time drive half way through the previous season, Antônio Pizzonia reverted to his testing role with Williams which he had in 2002. Pizzonia replaced Ralf Schumacher from Germany to Italy.
  • Jacques Villeneuve replaced Trulli at Renault for the final three races in China, Japan and Brazil.
  • Cristiano da Matta's string of disappointing results during the season led to his replacement by test driver Ricardo Zonta from Hungary onwards. Da Matta did not race for Toyota again and in 2005 he returned to Champ Car racing claiming that F1 was not competitive enough.
  • Jarno Trulli's relationship with Renault, and Team Principal Flavio Briatore in particular, soured markedly after it was made clear that he would not be retained after 2004. After agreeing to terms with Toyota for 2005, Trulli and Renault agreed to part ways after the 2004 Italian Grand Prix and 14 races disputed. This allowed Trulli to drive for Toyota for the final three races of 2004 and Ricardo Zonta therefore found himself demoted to test driver once again.
  • Ricardo Zonta replaced Da Matta from the Hungarian to the Brazilian Grand Prix.
  • Toyota driver Olivier Panis indicated during the season that he was not interested in driving full-time for Toyota due to personal reasons. He did express interest in working as a test driver and was consequently signed by Toyota on that basis at the end of the season. Panis raced at Sunday with three different team-mates: da Matta from Australia to Germany, Zonta in Hungary and China, and finally Trulli in Japan.
  • Robert Doornbos was hired as a replacement test driver for Glock's position at Jordan.
  • Jordan driver Giorgio Pantano raced from Australia to Europe skipped Canada raced from USA to Italy. After this race Pantano and Jordan parted ways after poor results and sponsorship problems created issues.
  • Timo Glock was contracted to finish the year in the Jordan having already performed testing duties with the team that year. He was a third driver on Friday in Canada and also the race driver on Sunday, replaced Pantano at the last three races.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c FIA Formula One World Championship Season Guide 2004 Retrieved on 9 February 2012
  2. ^ a b 2004 Formula One Sporting Regulations Retrieved on 9 February 2012

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