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The 2004 Belgian Grand Prix, otherwise advertised as the LXI Foster's Grand Prix de Belgique, was the fourteenth round of the 2004 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Spa, Belgium, on 29 August 2004.[1] The race would see Kimi Räikkönen claim a surprise victory for McLaren-Mercedes, as Michael Schumacher finished second to secure his seventh World Championship crown.[1]

Qualifying had seen a wet circuit rapidly dry, resulting in Jarno Trulli emerging on pole position ahead of Schumacher.[1] Fernando Alonso claimed second ahead of David Coulthard, while Räikkönen started in a lowly tenth due to the conditions.[1]

Fortunately it was dry and warm on race day, meaning everyone would start on slick tyres for the sprint to La Source.[1] Trulli would ultimately lead that charge in the fast starting Renault, followed by Alonso and Coulthard as Schumacher was elbowed wide, while several drivers were forced to scatter after Mark Webber put himself into a spin by smacking into Rubens Barrichello.[1]

Webber would recover with his rear wing missing, and duly tagged the back of Takuma Sato exiting Eau-Rouge to send the BAR-Honda into a broadside slide.[1] The field once again scattered around the BAR, although Gianmaria Bruni would get pushed into the barriers by teammate Zsolt Baumgartner, before Giorgio Pantano wrote his Jordan-Ford Cosworth off on his compatriot's Minardi-Ford Cosworth.[1]

With debris and a quartet of terminally wounded cars the Safety Car was called to allow the circuit to be cleared.[1] Six drivers would duck into the pits, with Jenson Button taking a new front wing, while Ferrari stunningly managed to change Barrichello's rear wing without the Brazilian losing a lap.[1]

The restart came at the start of lap five, with Trulli instantly blasting clear from Alonso, while Coulthard fended off a potential lunge from Schumacher.[1] Behind, the big winner of the opening lap chaos was Räikkönen, up to fifth having survived a brush with Felipe Massa, with the Finn soon scything past Schumacher to secure fourth.[1]

Indeed, Räikkönen was the man to watch as the early laps ticked away, darting past teammate Coulthard, before charging off the catch the fast disappearing Renaults.[1] Trulli then stopped early to suggest that both the yellow-blue cars were running on very light fuel loads, although Alonso stayed out.[1]

Ultimately, however, Alonso would be the master of his own downfall, spinning while under no immediate pressure at Les Combes.[1] A spin two corners later signalled the end of the Spaniard's race, with a post-race investigation finding that he had been sabotaged by oil from his own engine.[1]

With that Räikkönen was away, and duly made his stop without issue to rejoin in the de facto lead.[1] The remaining round of opening stops left the Finn ahead of a yet-to-stop Button, while Schumacher had completed an excellent series of late laps during his first stint to jump to second.[1]

With that the race became a battle of strategy between McLaren and Ferrari, with Räikkönen making his second and final stop first, only for the safety car to appear once again.[1] This time it was for a huge accident at the top of Raidillon, with Button and Baumgartner having come together to leave bits of their cars spread across the circuit.[1]

Räikkönen led the field after Schumacher bailed into the pits to make his second stop, and would duly ace the restart to build a small lead.[1] However, his hopes of a clean run to victory were ended by a third SC period, this time caused by Coulthard attempting to remove Christian Klien from the race.[1]

Yet, there would be no further changes to the field, with Räikkönen able to again break clear to claim his first win of the season.[1] Schumacher, meanwhile, would secure his seventh World Championship by claiming second, while Barrichello recovered well to claim third.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Victory for the twelfth time in 2004 left Michael Schumacher on 120 points out of a maximum 130, with five rounds to go in the Championship. With teammate Rubens Barrichello slipping 38 points behind, it meant that the German ace would claim the Championship in Belgium if he out-scored the Brazilian by two points. Indeed, Barrichello was now the only driver able to beat Schumacher to the crown, with third placed Jenson Button slipping 55 points off, with 50 left to fight for.

The Constructors Championship, meanwhile, was already over, with Ferrari leaving Hungary with 202 points and a huge 111 point lead. Renault were therefore confirmed to be in a fight to finish as runners-up, with BAR-Honda once again managing to chip away at the French squad's advantage. Williams-BMW were also in the hunt but would need a drastic improvement in form, while McLaren-Mercedes looked set to finish a distant fifth.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 2004 Belgian Grand Prix is outlined below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F2004 Ferrari 053 3.0 V10 B
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F2004 Ferrari 053 3.0 V10 B
3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom BMW Williams F1 Team Williams FW26 BMW P84 3.0 V10 M
4 Brazil Antônio Pizzonia United Kingdom BMW Williams F1 Team Williams FW26 BMW P84 3.0 V10 M
5 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom West McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-19B Mercedes FO 110Q 3.0 V10 M
6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom West McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-19B Mercedes FO 110Q 3.0 V10 M
7 Italy Jarno Trulli France Mild Seven Renault F1 Team Renault R24 Renault RS24 3.0 V10 M
8 Spain Fernando Alonso France Mild Seven Renault F1 Team Renault R24 Renault RS24 3.0 V10 M
9 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Lucky Strike BAR Honda BAR 006 Honda RA004E 3.0 V10 M
10 Japan Takuma Sato United Kingdom Lucky Strike BAR Honda BAR 006 Honda RA004E 3.0 V10 M
11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Switzerland Sauber Petronas Sauber C23 Petronas 04A 3.0 V10 B
12 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber Petronas Sauber C23 Petronas 04A 3.0 V10 B
14 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Jaguar Racing Jaguar R5 Ford Cosworth CR-6 3.0 V10 M
15 Austria Christian Klien United Kingdom Jaguar Racing Jaguar R5 Ford Cosworth CR-6 3.0 V10 M
16 Brazil Ricardo Zonta Japan Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota TF104B Toyota RVX-04 3.0 V10 M
17 France Olivier Panis Japan Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota TF104B Toyota RVX-04 3.0 V10 M
18 Germany Nick Heidfeld Ireland Jordan Ford Jordan EJ14 Ford Cosworth RS2 3.0 V10 B
19 Italy Giorgio Pantano Ireland Jordan Ford Jordan EJ14 Ford Cosworth RS2 3.0 V10 B
20 Italy Gianmaria Bruni Italy Minardi Cosworth Minardi PS04B Ford Cosworth CR-3L 3.0 V10 B
21 Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner Italy Minardi Cosworth Minardi PS04B Ford Cosworth CR-3L 3.0 V10 B
Test Drivers for Practice Sessions Only
35 United Kingdom Anthony Davidson United Kingdom Lucky Strike BAR Honda BAR 006 Honda RA004E 3.0 V10 M
37 Sweden Björn Wirdheim United Kingdom Jaguar Racing Jaguar R5 Ford Cosworth CR-6 3.0 V10 M
38 Australia Ryan Briscoe Japan Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota TF104 Toyota RVX-04 3.0 V10 M
39 Germany Timo Glock Ireland Jordan Ford Jordan EJ14 Ford Cosworth RS2 3.0 V10 B
40 Belgium Bas Leinders Italy Minardi Cosworth Minardi PS04B Ford Cosworth CR-3L 3.0 V10 B
Source:[2]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Q1 ReportEdit

Q2 ReportEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

The full qualifying results for the 2004 Belgian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 7 Italy Jarno Trulli France Renault 1:58.606 1:56.232
2 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:53.755 1:56.304 +0.072s
3 8 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 1:58.242 1:56.686 +0.454s
4 5 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:56.994 1:57.990 +1.758s
5 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:56.068 1:58.040 +1.808s
6 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:54.913 1:58.175 +1.943s
7 14 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:59.437 1:58.729 +2.497s
8 12 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:56.057 1:59.008 +2.776s
9 17 France Olivier Panis Japan Toyota 2:01.472 1:59.552 +3.320s
10 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:55.371 1:59.635 +3.403s
11 3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:56.842 1:59.681 +3.449s
12 9 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:58.837 2:00.237 +4.005s
13 15 Austria Christian Klien United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:59.997 2:01.246 +5.014s
14 4 Brazil Antônio Pizzonia United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:59.100 2:01.447 +5.215s
15 10 Japan Takuma Sato United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:58.929 2:01.813 +5.581s
16 18 Germany Nick Heidfeld Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 2:00.166 2:02.645 +6.413s
17 20 Italy Gianmaria Bruni Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 2:03.226 2:02.651 +6.419s
18 21 Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 2:01.195 2:03.303 +7.071s
19 19 Italy Giorgio Pantano Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 1:59.442 2:03.833 +7.601s
20 16 Brazil Ricardo Zonta Japan Toyota 2:03.895 +7.663s
Source:[3][4][5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car to set their best time in that session.
  • Bold indicates a driver's best/qualifying time.

GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 ______________ 1
2 Jarno Trulli
Michael Schumacher ______________
Row 2 ______________ 3
4 Fernando Alonso
David Coulthard ______________
Row 3 ______________ 5
6 Giancarlo Fisichella
Rubens Barrichello ______________
Row 4 ______________ 7
8 Mark Webber
Felipe Massa ______________
Row 5 ______________ 9
10 Olivier Panis
Kimi Räikkönen ______________
Row 6 ______________ 11
12 Juan Pablo Montoya
Jenson Button ______________
Row 7 ______________ 13
14 Christian Klien
Antônio Pizzonia ______________
Row 8 ______________ 15
16 Takuma Sato
Nick Heidfeld ______________
Row 9 ______________ 17
18 Gianmaria Bruni
Zsolt Baumgartner ______________
Row 10 ______________ 19
20 Giorgio Pantano
Ricardo Zonta ______________

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

The full results for the 2004 Belgian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 44 1:32:35.274 10 10
2 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 44 +3.132s 2 8
3 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 44 +4.371s 6 6
4 12 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 44 +12.504s 8 5
5 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 44 +14.104s 5 4
6 15 Austria Christian Klien United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 44 +14.614s 13 3
7 5 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 44 +17.970s 4 2
8 17 France Olivier Panis Japan Toyota 44 +18.693s 9 1
9 7 Italy Jarno Trulli France Renault 44 +22.115s 1
10* 16 Brazil Ricardo Zonta Japan Toyota 41 Engine 20
11 18 Germany Nick Heidfeld Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 40 +4 Laps 16
Ret 3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 37 Tyre 11
Ret 4 Brazil Antônio Pizzonia United Kingdom Williams-BMW 31 Gearbox 14
Ret 9 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom BAR-Honda 29 Collision 12
Ret 21 Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 28 Collision 18
Ret 8 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 11 Spin 3
Ret 14 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 0 Collision 7
Ret 10 Japan Takuma Sato United Kingdom BAR-Honda 0 Collision 15
Ret 20 Italy Gianmaria Bruni Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 0 Collision 17
Ret 19 Italy Giorgio Pantano Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 0 Collision 19
Source:[6]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Zonta was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance.[6]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

The 2004 FIA Formula One World Championship was over with four races to go after the Belgian Grand Prix, for Michael Schumacher had built an unassailable lead of 40 points. Indeed, while Rubens Barrichello could mathematically match his German teammate's 128 point tally, the Brazilian would miss-out on countback courtesy of Schumacher's twelve victories. Barrichello would hence spend the rest of the campaign fighting to hold second, and would leave Belgium with a 23 point advantage over Jenson Button.

In the Constructors Championship Ferrari had once again extended their title winning tally, moving onto 216 points. It was status quo behind as Renault, BAR-Honda and Williams-BMW all failed to score, with Williams running out of time to catch their former engine partners. Indeed, McLaren-Mercedes had closed onto the back of their Anglo-German rivals, with just five points splitting the pair.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 128
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 88
3 United Kingdom Jenson Button 65
4 Italy Jarno Trulli 46
5 Spain Fernando Alonso 45
6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 38
7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 28 ▲1
8 United Kingdom David Coulthard 21 ▼1
9 Japan Takuma Sato 18
10 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 18
11 Germany Ralf Schumacher 12
12 Brazil Felipe Massa 10 ▲1
13 Australia Mark Webber 7 ▼1
14 France Olivier Panis 6
15 Brazil Antônio Pizzonia 4
16 Austria Christian Klien 3 ▲4
17 Brazil Cristiano da Matta 3 ▼1
18 Germany Nick Heidfeld 3 ▼1
19 Germany Timo Glock 2 ▼1
20 Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner 1 ▼1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 216
2 France Renault 91
3 United Kingdom BAR-Honda 83
4 United Kingdom Williams-BMW 54
5 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 49
6 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 28
7 United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 10 ▲1
8 Japan Toyota 9 ▼1
9 Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 5
10 Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1

Only point scoring drivers are shown.

ReferencesEdit

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