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The 2004 Australian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 7 March 2004 at the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit. Michael Schumacher won the race for Ferrari from pole position in very dominant fashion, with his teammate Rubens Barrichello finishing behind him in second. This one-two finish gave Ferrari a strong 9 point lead in the constructors' standings after just one race. Williams, Renault and BAR each had both cars finish in the points, while McLaren, a team that had enjoyed success in years preceding this, only managed one point, with David Coulthard finishing a lapped 8th.[2]

2004 Australian Grand Prix
Race 1 of 18 in the 2004 Formula One World Championship
Albert Lake Park Street Circuit in Melbourne, Australia.svg
Race details
Date 7 March 2004
Official name LXIX Foster's Australian Grand Prix
Location Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne, Australia
Course Temporary street circuit
Course length 5.303 km (3.295 mi)
Distance 58 laps, 307.574 km (191.118 mi)
Weather Dry & cloudy
Air Temp 20 °C (68 °F)
Attendance 121,500[1]
Pole position
Driver Ferrari
Time 1:24.408
Fastest lap
Driver Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Time 1:24.125 on lap 29 (lap record)
Podium
First Ferrari
Second Ferrari
Third Renault

Contents

ReportEdit

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying resulted in a Ferrari one-two, with Juan Pablo Montoya third on the grid for Williams. Gianmaria Bruni, Christian Klien and Olivier Panis all failed to set a qualifying time.[3]

RaceEdit

At the start, Alonso was up and away and ahead of Button and looking for a way to deal with Montoya while Jarno Trulli went from ninth on the grid to be fifth out of the first corner. He was aided in his task by Montoya, who went howling down to Turn 1, braked just a hint too late and Montoya was jumped by the Renault of Fernando Alonso as he tried to stay ahead of the surging Alonso. He went off and Alonso had to put some wheels on the grass to avoid a disaster. Montoya went back to seventh. That condemned the Colombian to an afternoon stuck in traffic and put paid to any challenge there might have been for Alonso. Behind all this there were a few wheels off the grass as others sorted themselves out (notably both Saubers) while Takuma Sato bumped the rear end of Trulli's Renault, slightly (but significantly) damaging both cars.

The Ferraris were gone already and as the afternoon developed all that Fernando Alonso could do was to watch the rears of the two red cars as they disappeared from his view. It did not take long. By the fourth lap they were two seconds ahead. By the eighth lap they were five seconds clear and after that Alonso had nothing to do. No-one else could keep up with him. Sauber's Giancarlo Fisichella had a long battle for position in the midfield with Jordan's Nick Heidfeld. Fisichella passed Heidfeld, who later dropped out of the race with a transmission failure. Montoya attempted to regain the place by going around the outside of the Spaniard into the first turn, but outbraked himself and ran wide. This dropped him behind his teammate Ralf Schumacher, who'd qualified 8th. Despite repassing Ralf Schumacher on-track, the Colombian ended up behind him again by the race's end in fifth place. The race proved that Ferrari once again had a dominant car, with Michael Schumacher winning from teammate Rubens Barrichello in Ferrari's first one-two since Japan 2002, while the rest of the field was over 20 seconds behind. Schumacher led every one of the 58 race laps.[4] At the start, Montoya was jumped by the Renault of Fernando Alonso.

Fernando Alonso gave Renault a podium with third place, while Jenson Button got BAR off the mark with sixth. Jarno Trulli finished 7th in the Renault and was the first lapped runner. McLaren seemed to be less competitive than in recent years, with Kimi Räikkönen becoming the first retirement of the year, dropping out with an engine problem, and with David Coulthard picking up just 1 point in eighth place.[2]

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Time Q2 Time Q2 Gap
1 1   Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:25.301 1:24.408
2 2   Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 1:25.992 1:24.482 +0.074
3 3   Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 1:25.226 1:24.998 +0.590
4 9   Jenson Button BAR-Honda 1:25.898 1:24.998 +0.590
5 8   Fernando Alonso Renault 1:25.928 1:25.669 +1.261
6 14   Mark Webber Jaguar-Cosworth 1:26.232 1:25.805 +1.397
7 10   Takuma Sato BAR-Honda 1:26.737 1:25.851 +1.443
8 4   Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 1:25.445 1:25.925 +1.517
9 7   Jarno Trulli Renault 1:27.357 1:26.290 +1.882
10 6   Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 1:25.592 1:26.297 +1.889
11 12   Felipe Massa Sauber-Petronas 1:26.833 1:27.065 +2.657
12 5   David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:25.652 1:27.294 +2.886
13 16   Cristiano da Matta Toyota 1:28.274 1:27.823 +3.415
14 11   Giancarlo Fisichella Sauber-Petronas 1:26.286 1:27.845 +3.437
15 18   Nick Heidfeld Jordan-Ford 1:27.469 1:28.178 +3.770
16 19   Giorgio Pantano Jordan-Ford 1:29.156 1:30.140 +5.732
17 21   Zsolt Baumgartner Minardi-Cosworth 1:32.606 1:30.681 +6.273
18 17   Olivier Panis Toyota 1:27.253 no time no time
19 15   Christian Klien Jaguar-Cosworth 1:27.258 no time no time
20 20   Gianmaria Bruni Minardi-Cosworth 1:30.912 no time no time
Sources:[5][6]

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1   Michael Schumacher Ferrari 58 1:24:15.757 1 10
2 2   Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 58 +13.605 2 8
3 8   Fernando Alonso Renault 58 +34.673 5 6
4 4   Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 58 +1:00.423 8 5
5 3   Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 58 +1:08.536 3 4
6 9   Jenson Button BAR-Honda 58 +1:10.598 4 3
7 7   Jarno Trulli Renault 57 +1 Lap 9 2
8 5   David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 57 +1 Lap 12 1
9 10   Takuma Sato BAR-Honda 57 +1 Lap 7
10 11   Giancarlo Fisichella Sauber-Petronas 57 +1 Lap 14
11 15   Christian Klien Jaguar-Cosworth 56 +2 Laps 19
12 16   Cristiano da Matta Toyota 56 +2 Laps 13
13 17   Olivier Panis Toyota 56 +2 Laps 18
14 19   Giorgio Pantano Jordan-Ford 55 +3 Laps 16
Ret 12   Felipe Massa Sauber-Petronas 44 Engine 11
Ret 18   Nick Heidfeld Jordan-Ford 43 Transmission 15
NC 20   Gianmaria Bruni Minardi-Cosworth 43 +15 Laps 20
Ret 14   Mark Webber Jaguar-Cosworth 29 Transmission 6
Ret 21   Zsolt Baumgartner Minardi-Cosworth 13 Electrical 17
Ret 6   Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 9 Engine/Spin 10
Source:[7]

Championship standings after the raceEdit

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Motorsport Results". Austadiums. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  2. ^ a b "McLaren knows its weaknesses" Archived 6 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine Motorsport.com Retrieved 28 December 2007
  3. ^ "2004 Australian Grand Prix starting grid" Archived 6 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine Motorsport.com Retrieved 28 December 2007
  4. ^ "Dominant Australian GP win for Schumacher" Archived 6 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine Motorsport.com Retrieved 28 December 2007
  5. ^ The Official Formula One Season Review 2004
  6. ^ "2004 Australian Grand Prix - Saturday Qualifying Results". Formula1.com. Formula1.com Limited. Archived from the original on 23 January 2015. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  7. ^ "2004 Australian Grand Prix - Race Results". Formula1.com. Formula1.com Limited. Archived from the original on 16 November 2014. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Australia 2004 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 7 March 2019.


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