2004 United States Grand Prix
|Race 9 of 18 in the 2004 Formula One season|
|Date||June 20, 2004|
|Official name||XXXIII Foster's United States Grand Prix|
|Location||Indianapolis Motor Speedway
|Course||Permanent racing facility
4.195 km (2.606 mi)
|Distance||73 laps, 306.016 km (190.238 mi)|
|Weather||Fine with temperatures reaching up to 75 °F (24 °C); wind speeds approaching speeds of 11.1 miles per hour (17.9 km/h)|
|Time||1:10.399 on lap 7|
As the formation lap started, Juan Pablo Montoya's BMW Williams failed to start. Running to the pit lane, he was able to start in a spare car. Montoya ran most of the race and was on track for a points finish but was eventually black flagged for changing his car too late.
There was a pile-up at the start of the race in turn 1, which caused Christian Klien, Felipe Massa, Giorgio Pantano, and Gianmaria Bruni to retire from the race. The safety car was deployed and pulled in on lap six.
On lap nine, the left rear tyre on Ralf Schumacher's Michelin-tyred Williams failed, pitching his car backward into the concrete wall at speeds of up to 180 mph (290 km/h). Schumacher remained in his car on the track for nearly two minutes before the medical car arrived, and was determined to have suffered a fractured spine. Michael Schumacher admitted after the race that he considered retiring from the race to see to his brother. The safety car was again deployed to clear up the wreckage left by the Williams car and so that the medical teams could get to Ralf.
The lead Ferrari of Michael Schumacher pitted and rejoined in the lead.
The two Ferrari drivers led the entire race. Michael Schumacher finished first, Barrichello placed second and Takuma Sato collected the only podium finish of his Formula One career when he placed third. He became only the second Japanese driver to achieve a podium finish and the last until Kamui Kobayashi finished third at the 2012 Japanese Grand Prix. The race also saw the first ever point scored by a Hungarian driver in Formula One, with Zsolt Baumgartner finishing eighth.
|6||6||Kimi Räikkönen||McLaren-Mercedes||72||+1 Lap||7||3|
|7||5||David Coulthard||McLaren-Mercedes||72||+1 Lap||12||2|
|8||21||Zsolt Baumgartner||Minardi-Cosworth||70||+3 Laps||19||1|
|Ret||16||Cristiano da Matta||Toyota||17||Collision Damage/Gearbox||11|
|DSQ||3||Juan Pablo Montoya||Williams-BMW||57||Disqualified||5|
- Lap Leaders: Rubens Barrichello 14 (1–5, 42–50) and Michael Schumacher 59 (6–41 and 51–73).
- First and only podium: Takuma Sato.
- First and only points: Zsolt Baumgartner.
- Juan Pablo Montoya was black-flagged on lap 57 for joining the race in his spare car, having not made it back in time to change to it within the time that the regulations allow after his race car had failed on the parade lap.
- Juan Pablo Montoya started this race from the pit lane.
- Ralf Schumacher was involved in a serious accident and he was out of action for 6 races due to spinal fractures.
- This is also the first points finish for the Minardi team since the 2002 Australian Grand Prix, where Mark Webber finished 5th.
- This is the last time the Minardi team would score points in a Grand Prix with a full grid. They scored points in the following United States Grand Prix where only 6 cars started.
- 150th Grand Prix: Olivier Panis
Standings after the race
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
- "Weather information for the "2004 United States Grand Prix"". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2013-11-21.
- Jones, Bruce (2005). Grand Prix 2005. Carlton. p. 82. ISBN 1-84442-578-9.
- "The Official Formula 1 website". Retrieved 2009-03-10.
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