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The 2004 Brazilian Grand Prix, officially the XXXIII Grande Prêmio do Brasil was the eighteenth and final race of the 2004 FIA Formula One World Championship, which took place at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace in São Paulo, Brazil, on 24 October 2004.[1] The race, which had been moved from its mid-Autumn slot due to the horrendous weather of the 2003 edition, was won by Williams-BMW driver Juan Pablo Montoya, defeating Kimi Räikkönen in a near race-long duel.[1]

Qualifying had seen home hero Rubens Barrichello continue his recent run of strong form, claiming pole position ahead of fellow South American racer Montoya.[1] Räikkönen would line up in third ahead of Brazil's next big hope Felipe Massa, while World Champion Michael Schumacher would only manage to secure eighth before an engine change dumped him further down the field.[1]

Rain ahead of the race brought back fears of a 2003 repeat, with everyone bar David Coulthard and the two Renaults starting on intermediate tyres.[1] That, ultimately, proved to be a mistake by the dry-shod trio, with all three losing ground when the race got underway.[1]

Indeed, a lively start would see Räikkönen streak into the lead from third on the grid, easing ahead of Barrichello on the brakes for the Senna S.[1] Behind, Massa would likewise get the jump on Montoya to secure third, while Jacques Villeneuve ran out of track on his slicks and so fell to the back of the pack.[1]

Räikkönen quickly established a small lead over Barrichello, although the Brazilian ace retaliated and took the lead on lap four.[1] Their escape was aided by the fact that the #12 Sauber-Petronasof Massa was defending heavily from Montoya, which allowed Jenson Button to pass the pair of them moments before his BAR-Honda expired.[1]

Elsewhere, Schumacher had made rapid progress to climb to twelfth, although for the second time in three races he would find himself stuck behind Christian Klien, and would ultimately spin trying to pass the Austrian.[1] Ralf Schumacher, meanwhile, would open the flood gates in the pits, having been the first driver to swap to slicks.[1]

Barrichello was the loser of the sudden pitstop war, tumbling back down to fifth as Montoya claimed the lead from Räikkönen.[1] The Brazilian ace duly began to battle his way back up the order, exchanging fastest laps with the lead duo, as Jaguar-Ford Cosworth's final race was ruined by contact between Klien and Mark Webber.[1]

The order remained stable through the second and third round of stops, before a light drizzle swept across the circuit as Räikkönen remained glued to Montoya's tail.[1] Yet, any hopes of that affecting the race with another charge into the pits for intermediates were ended when the drizzle stopped, with the attention in the final laps instead focusing on a quartet battling for fourth, headed by Fernando Alonso.[1]

With that the race was run, with Montoya keeping Räikkönen at bay by a second to claim his first win of the season.[1] Barrichello would complete the podium in a lonely third, while Alonso held on to fourth ahead of Ralf Schumacher, Takuma Sato, Michael Schumacher and Massa.[1]

The race would be further notable as the last race for Ford as an official engine supplier in partnership with Cosworth, as well as the last win for Williams until the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix. It was also the last race for Jaguar in F1, and their last factory single-seater appearance until they joined the FIA Formula E Championship in 2016.[2]

BackgroundEdit

A thirteenth win of the season for Michael Schumacher left the German ace on 146 for the season, meaning just fifth in the final race of the season would take him past 150 points, a dauntingly impressive points haul. Behind, Rubens Barrichello had failed to score having already secured second in the title hunt, while Jenson Button had likewise already secured third before the battle of Japan. Fernando Alonso, meanwhile, had inched closer to ensuring that he claimed fourth, inching six clear of Juan Pablo Montoya.

In the Constructors Championship Ferrari ended the weekend on 254 points for the season, resulting in a huge 138 point lead over second placed BAR-Honda. The Anglo-Japanese squad themselves had all but guaranteed their spot as runners-up, needing to score just three points at the season finale in Brazil to beat Renault. The French squad were hence set to finish third, while Williams-BMW and McLaren-Mercedes would duel for fourth on the final day.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 2004 Brazilian 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 Germany Ralf Schumacher 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 FO110Q 3.0 V10 M
6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom West McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-19B Mercedes FO110Q 3.0 V10 M
7 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 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 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota TF104B Toyota RVX-04 3.0 V10 M
17 Brazil Ricardo Zonta 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 Germany Timo Glock 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 Free Practice Sessions
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 Netherlands Robert Doornbos Ireland Jordan Ford Jordan EJ14 Ford Cosworth RS2 3.0 V10 M
40 Belgium Bas Leinders Italy Minardi Cosworth Minardi PS04B Ford Cosworth CR-3L 3.0 V10 B
Source:[3]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Q1 ReportEdit

Q2 ReportEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:09.822 1:10.646
2 3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:09.862 1:10.850 +0.204s
3 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:10.440 1:10.892 +0.246s
4 12 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:09.930 1:10.922 +0.276s
5 9 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:10.607 1:11.092 +0.446s
6 10 Japan Takuma Sato United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:10.373 1:11.120 +0.474s
7 4 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:10.258 1:11.131 +0.485s
8* 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:10.192 1:11.386 +0.740s
9 8 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 1:10.637 1:11.454 +0.808s
10 16 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 1:10.478 1:11.483 +0.837s
11 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:10.467 1:11.571 +0.925s
12 14 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:11.230 1:11.665 +1.019s
13 5 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:10.418 1:11.750 +1.104s
14 7 Canada Jacques Villeneuve France Renault 1:10.708 1:11.836 +1.190s
15 17 Brazil Ricardo Zonta Japan Toyota 1:11.315 1:11.974 +1.328s
16 15 Austria Christian Klien United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:11.912 1:12.211 +1.565s
17 18 Germany Nick Heidfeld Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 1:11.394 1:12.829 +2.183s
18 19 Germany Timo Glock Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 1:12.242 1:13.502 +2.856s
19 21 Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:13.032 1:13.550 +2.904s
NC 20 Italy Gianmaria Bruni Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:12.916
Source:[4][5][6]
  • 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.
  • * Schumacher received a ten place grid penalty for changing his engine.[6]

GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 ______________ 1
2 Rubens Barrichello
Juan Pablo Montoya ______________
Row 2 ______________ 3
4 Kimi Räikkönen
Felipe Massa ______________
Row 3 ______________ 5
6 Jenson Button
Takuma Sato ______________
Row 4 ______________ 7
8 Ralf Schumacher
Fernando Alonso ______________
Row 5 ______________ 9
10 Jarno Trulli
Giancarlo Fisichella ______________
Row 6 ______________ 11
12 Mark Webber
David Coulthard ______________
Row 7 ______________ 13
14 Jacques Villeneuve
Ricardo Zonta ______________
Row 8 ______________ 15
16 Christian Klien
Nick Heidfeld ______________
Row 9 ______________ 17
18 Timo Glock
Michael Schumacher ______________
Row 10 ______________ 19
20 Zsolt Baumgartner
Gianmaria Bruni* ______________
  • * Bruni would start the race from the pitlane.[6]

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 71 1:28:01.451 2 10
2 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 71 +1.022s 3 8
3 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 71 +24.099s 1 6
4 8 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 71 +48.508s 8 5
5 4 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 71 +49.740s 7 4
6 10 Japan Takuma Sato United Kingdom BAR-Honda 71 +50.248s 6 3
7 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 71 +50.626s 18 2
8 12 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 71 +1:02.310 4 1
9 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 71 +1:03.842 10
10 7 Canada Jacques Villeneuve France Renault 70 +1 Lap 13
11 5 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 70 +1 Lap 12
12 16 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 70 +1 Lap 9
13 17 Brazil Ricardo Zonta Japan Toyota 70 +1 Lap 14
14 15 Austria Christian Klien United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 69 +2 Laps 15
15 19 Germany Timo Glock Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 69 +2 Laps 17
16 21 Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 67 +4 Laps 19
17 20 Italy Gianmaria Bruni Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 67 +4 Laps 20
Ret 14 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 23 Collision 11
Ret 18 Germany Nick Heidfeld Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 15 Clutch 16
Ret 9 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom BAR-Honda 3 Engine 5
Source:[7]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Michael Schumacher ended his record title winning campaign with a colossal tally of 148 points, establishing a new points record alongside his seventh title. Rubens Barrichello finished as a lonely runner-up, 34 behind, while Jenson Button enjoyed his best season claiming third with 85 points. Fernando Alonso and race winner Juan Pablo Montoya completed the top five, with twenty of the 25 entered drivers registering a points finish in 2004.

In the Constructors Championship Ferrari were the undisputed Champions once again, ending their season with 262 points and fifteen victories. BAR-Honda, meanwhile, would emerge as a surprise second in the Championship ahead of Renault, although their combined tally of points was not enough to overhaul Ferrari's score. Behind, Williams-BMW had secured fourth ahead of McLaren-Mercedes, with all ten constructors scoring points across the campaign.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 148
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 114
3 United Kingdom Jenson Button 85
4 Spain Fernando Alonso 59
5 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 58
6 Italy Jarno Trulli 46
7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 45
8 Japan Takuma Sato 34
9 Germany Ralf Schumacher 24 ▲2
10 United Kingdom David Coulthard 24 ▼1
11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 22 ▼1
12 Brazil Felipe Massa 12
13 Australia Mark Webber 7
14 France Olivier Panis 6
15 Brazil Antônio Pizzonia 6
16 Austria Christian Klien 3
17 Brazil Cristiano da Matta 3
18 Germany Nick Heidfeld 3
19 Germany Timo Glock 2
20 Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner 1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 262
2 United Kingdom BAR-Honda 119
3 France Renault 105
4 United Kingdom Williams-BMW 88
5 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 69
6 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 34
7 United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 10
8 Japan Toyota 9
9 Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 5
10 Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1

Only point scoring drivers are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

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V T E 2004 Formula One Season
Teams Ferrari • Williams • McLaren • Renault • BAR • Sauber • Jaguar • Toyota • Jordan • Minardi
Engines BMW • Cosworth • Ferrari • Ford • Honda • Mercedes • Petronas • Renault • Toyota
Drivers M. Schumacher • 2 Barrichello • 3 Montoya • 4 R. Schumacher • 4 Gené • 4 Pizzonia • 5 Coulthard • 6 Räikkönen • 7 Trulli • 7 Villeneuve • 8 Alonso • 9 Button • 10 Sato • 11 Fisichella • 12 Massa • 14 Webber • 15 Klien • 16 Da Matta • 16/17 Zonta • 16 Trulli • 17 Panis • 18 Heidfeld • 19 Pantano • 19 Glock • 20 Bruni • 21 Baumgartner
Other Drivers Badoer • Davidson • De la Rosa • Doornbos • Kovalainen • Monteiro • Piquet • Rosberg • Rossi • Wurz
Cars Ferrari F2004 • BAR 006 • Renault R24 • Williams FW26 • McLaren MP4-19 • Sauber C23 • Jaguar R5 • Toyota TF104 • Jordan EJ14 • Minardi PS04B
Tyres Bridgestone • Michelin
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