2004 Japanese Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 17 of 18 in the 2004 Formula One season
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Date October 10, 2004
Official name XXX Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix
Location Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka, Mie, Japan
Course Permanent racing facility
5.807 km (3.608 mi)
Distance 53 laps, 307.771 km (191.224 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Time 1:33.542
Fastest lap
Driver Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari
Time 1:32.730 on lap 30
Podium
First Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Second Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW
Third United Kingdom Jenson Button BAR-Honda

The 2004 Japanese Grand Prix was a Formula One race held on October 10, 2004 at the Suzuka Circuit. All the running on Saturday was cancelled due to Typhoon Ma-on, meaning that both the qualifying sessions were run on Sunday morning. The grid was shaken up due to rain, Ralf Schumacher and Mark Webber taking fortunate grid positions due to being allotted early running in the session.

While Michael Schumacher was not as competitive towards the end of the season as he had been en route to his seventh title, Japan could be seen as normal service resumed, the German winning comfortably from pole. Ralf was behind him, taking his first podium since breaking his back at Indianapolis. It was the last time the Schumacher brothers finished in one-two formation (having done so on four other occasions: 2001 Canadian Grand Prix, 2001 French Grand Prix, 2002 Brazilian Grand Prix, 2003 Canadian Grand Prix). At Suzuka in 2003 BAR upset the form book with a double points finish - in 2004 this was commonplace, although 11 points was still their biggest haul of the season. Contact between David Coulthard and Rubens Barrichello ended the race for both drivers. Webber retired in bizarre circumstances - part of the seat had overheated, causing burns to his buttocks.

This was Jarno Trulli's first race with the Toyota team. This was Olivier Panis's last race as he decided to retire from the race seat. But he stayed with the Toyota team, as the test driver. This was Rubens Barrichello's only DNF of the season after colliding with David Coulthard on lap 38.


Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Time[1] Gap
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:33.542
2 4 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 1:34.032 +0.490
3 14 Australia Mark Webber Jaguar-Cosworth 1:34.571 +1.029
4 10 Japan Takuma Sato BAR-Honda 1:34.897 +1.355
5 9 United Kingdom Jenson Button BAR-Honda 1:35.157 +1.615
6 16 Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:35.213 +1.671
7 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Sauber-Petronas 1:36.136 +2.594
8 5 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:36.156 +2.614
9 7 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Renault 1:36.274 +2.732
10 17 France Olivier Panis Toyota 1:36.420 +2.878
11 8 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 1:36.663 +3.458
12 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 1:36.820 +3.278
13 3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 1:37.653 +4.111
14 15 Austria Christian Klien Jaguar-Cosworth 1:38.258 +4.716
15 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 1:38.637 +5.095
16 18 Germany Nick Heidfeld Jordan-Ford 1:41.953 +8.411
17 19 Germany Timo Glock Jordan-Ford 1:43.533 +9.991
18 20 Italy Gianmaria Bruni Minardi-Cosworth 1:48.069 +14.527
19 21 Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner Minardi-Cosworth no time no time
20 12 Brazil Felipe Massa Sauber-Petronas no time no time
  • Qualifying was held on Sunday morning due to weather conditions on Saturday

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 53 1:24:26.985 1 10
2 4 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 53 +14.098 2 8
3 9 United Kingdom Jenson Button BAR-Honda 53 +19.662 5 6
4 10 Japan Takuma Sato BAR-Honda 53 +31.781 4 5
5 8 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 53 +37.767 11 4
6 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 53 +39.362 12 3
7 3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 53 +55.347 13 2
8 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Sauber-Petronas 53 +56.276 7 1
9 12 Brazil Felipe Massa Sauber-Petronas 53 +1:29.656 19  
10 7 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Renault 52 +1 Lap 9  
11 16 Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 52 +1 Lap 6  
12 15 Austria Christian Klien Jaguar-Cosworth 52 +1 Lap 14  
13 18 Germany Nick Heidfeld Jordan-Ford 52 +1 Lap 16  
14 17 France Olivier Panis Toyota 51 +2 Lap 10  
15 19 Germany Timo Glock Jordan-Ford 51 +2 Lap 17  
16 20 Italy Gianmaria Bruni Minardi-Cosworth 50 +3 Lap 18  
Ret 21 Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner Minardi-Cosworth 41 Spin 20  
Ret 5 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 38 Collision 8  
Ret 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 38 Collision 15  
Ret 14 Australia Mark Webber Jaguar-Cosworth 20 Overheating 3  

Lap leaders[edit]

Standings after the race[edit]

  • Bold text indicates the World Champions.
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Official Formula 1 website". Retrieved 2009-03-04. 


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