2004 Spanish Grand Prix
|Race 5 of 18 in the 2004 Formula One season|
|Date||May 9, 2004|
|Official name||XLVI Gran Premio Marlboro de España|
|Location||Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain|
|Course||Permanent racing facility|
|Course length||4.627 km (2.875 mi)|
|Distance||66 laps, 305.256 km (189.75 mi)|
|Time||1:17.450 on lap 12|
The 2004 Spanish Grand Prix (formally the XLVI Gran Premio Marlboro de España) was a Formula One race held on 9 May 2004 at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. It was the fifth round of the 2004 Formula One season. The race, contested over 66 laps, was won by Michael Schumacher for the Ferrari team. Rubens Barrichello finished second in the other Ferrari with Jarno Trulli third in a Renault car.
Heading into the fifth race of the season, Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher was leading the World Drivers' Championship with 40 points; Rubens Barrichello was second on 24 points, 16 points behind Schumacher. Behind Schumacher and Barrichello in the Drivers' Championship, BAR driver Jenson Button was third on 23 points, with Juan Pablo Montoya and Fernando Alonso on 18 and 16 points respectively. In the World Constructors' Championship, Ferrari were leading on 64 points and Renault were second on 31 points, with Williams third on 27 points.
Practice and qualifying
Four practice sessions were held before the Sunday race—two on Friday, and two on Saturday. The Friday morning and afternoon sessions each lasted an hour. The third and final practice sessions were held on Saturday morning and lasted 45 minutes.
The qualifying session was run as a one-lap session and took place on Friday and Saturday afternoon. The cars were run one at a time; the Friday running order was determined with the Championship leading heading out first. The Saturday running order was determined by times set in Friday afternoon qualifying with the fastest heading out last and the slowest running first. The lap times from the Friday afternoon session did not determine the grid order.
The race started at 14:00 local time. During the warm-up lap of the race, a man calling himself Jimmy Jump ran through the starting grid, only to be apprehended soon by the security. While he claimed to have many fans (due to his other performances at football matches), he was criticized for risking the lives of the drivers, even though the cars were still travelling at low speed at this point.
- Michael Schumacher's 5th victory out of 5 races, this equalled the record set by Nigel Mansell in the 1992 San Marino Grand Prix.
Standings after the race
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
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