2004 Italian Grand Prix
|Race 15 of 18 in the 2004 FIA Formula One World Championship|
Autodromo Nazionale Monza
|Date||12 September 2004|
|Official name||LXXV Gran Premio Vodafone d'Italia 2004|
|Location||Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy|
|Course||Permanent racing facility|
|Course length||5.793 km (3.6 mi)|
|Distance||53 laps, 306.720 km (190.58 mi)|
|Weather||Wet track at the start, dry later on|
|Time||1:21.046 on lap 41 (lap record)[N 1]|
The 2004 Italian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 12 September 2004 at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza. Ferrari took a 1–2 in front of the delighted Tifosi, with Rubens Barrichello ahead of teammate Michael Schumacher. Both cars had to make their way through the field from the back, Barrichello having made an early pitstop after choosing the wrong tyres at the start and Schumacher having spun on the first lap. This was the last race for Giorgio Pantano.
The race was perhaps best known for speed records set during the race. In the first part of qualifying (which did not count towards grid positions), Juan Pablo Montoya lapped Monza in his Williams FW26 at an average speed of 262.242 km/h (162.9 mph), the fastest ever qualifying lap in the history of Formula One. The next day in the race, Montoya's teammate Antônio Pizzonia reached a top speed of 369.9 km/h (229.9 mph), the fastest speed ever recorded in Formula One at the time (it was to be exceeded by Montoya in 2005).
In the Minardi pit garage, the car of Gianmaria Bruni caught fire after fuel escaped from the hose onto the hot bodywork during a routine pit-stop, and it was put out without any serious injury. Bruni inhaled some of the extinguishant and was having trouble breathing and so the team decided to retire the car.
This race was Scuderia Ferrari's 700th start in a World Championship event as a team.
|2||3||Juan Pablo Montoya||Williams-BMW||1:20.620||+0.531|
|17||18||Nick Heidfeld *||Jordan-Ford||1:22.301||+2.212|
- Nick Heidfeld was demoted to 20th place after receiving a ten-place penalty for an engine change in Friday practice.
|5||3||Juan Pablo Montoya||Williams-BMW||53||+32.352||2||4|
|12||12||Felipe Massa||Sauber-Petronas||52||+1 Lap||16|
|13||15||Christian Klien||Jaguar-Cosworth||52||+1 Lap||14|
|14||18||Nick Heidfeld||Jordan-Ford||52||+1 Lap||20|
|15||21||Zsolt Baumgartner||Minardi-Cosworth||50||+3 Laps||19|
Championship standings after the race
- Bold text indicates the World Champions.
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
- Although Rubens Barrichello set a lap time of 1:20.089 in qualifying, his time of 1:21.046 is recognised as the lap record as it was set under race conditions.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to 2004 Italian Grand Prix.|
- "Grand Prix Results: Italian GP, 2004". GrandPrix.com. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
- Privateer Ferrari entry in 1950 French Grand Prix, which is often a source of incorrect count for their races as a team (as opposed to as a manufacturer) doesn't count towards the team's participations.
- "2004 Italian Grand Prix – Saturday Qualifying Results". Formula1.com. Formula1.com Limited. Archived from the original on 28 February 2014. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
- "2004 Italian Grand Prix – Race Results". Formula1.com. Formula1.com Limited. Archived from the original on 16 November 2014. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
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