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The 2004 Japanese Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 10 October 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.

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

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. This was his 13th and last win of the season, breaking his own record from 2002 with 11. Ralf was behind him, taking his first podium since breaking his back at Indianapolis. It was the last time the Schumacher brothers finished in 1–2 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.

Contents

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

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

RaceEdit

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

Championship standings after the raceEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2004 Japanese Grand Prix - Qualifying Results". Formula1.com. Formula1.com Limited. Archived from the original on 24 August 2013. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  2. ^ "2004 Japanese Grand Prix - Race Results". Formula1.com. Formula1.com Limited. Archived from the original on 16 November 2014. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Japan 2004 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 18 March 2019.


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